As the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Programme begins to move towards sustainability, an opportunity opens up to establish an IBA Fund that is dedicated to implementing conservation action projects in IBAs. The objective of the IBA Fund is to raise unencumbered funds to achieve the aims of funding purely high-impact, high-return conservation work in IBAs – offering increased 'bang for your buck' by maximising the amount of funds invested directly into ground level conservation to improve the state of IBAs and IBA bird species. These funds will be invested strategically in order to maximise fiscal returns, and will be apportioned to ensure that priority conservation work is undertaken in IBAs by a range of partners.
The IBA Fund will support work in IBAs which aim to improve the state of the habitats, for the benefit of birds and other biodiversity, and to address immediate threats to IBAs.
The IBA Fund will be launched through a number of launch events, the first of which is the 94.7 Momentum Cycle Challenge. We encourage cyclists, nature lovers and birding enthusiasts to ride in the colours of the BirdLife South Africa Fast & Featherless Team to raise money for the IBA Fund by becoming an activist on the GivenGain site. By taking up the cause from your cycle seat, critical IBAs, and their birds and biodiversity, stand a fighting chance. For more information on how to become a part of the Fast and Featherless Team please contact Candice Stevens or Daniel Marnewick (details below).
Other exciting things to look forward to are: the first ever 'Birding Off-the-Beaten Track Weekend' and the 'Green Garden' concept...watch this space!
The IBA Fund will provide dedicated funds with the aim of conserving our fast disappearing natural habitats by answering the conservation needs of IBAs through immediate conservation action. The IBA Fund provides individuals, and organisations alike, the chance to partner in this process. The IBA Fund provides a platform for all members of society to become part of the IBA Team and be a part of preserving our natural heritage by saving the last tracts of land that house our wealth of biodiversity.
For more information, or to become part of the IBA Team, please contact:
To find out more about the countrywide IBA network click here.