State of the Nations IBAs

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Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are sites of global or regional conservation importance identified using birds. There are approximately 12 000 IBAs worldwide. IBAs are identified using standard, internationally agreed criteria, which are scientifically defensible.

As the country partner to BirdLife International, BirdLife South Africa is responsible for managing the IBA Programme in South Africa. Its objectives are to assess, monitor and coordinate or implement the conservation of priority IBAs. South Africa’s 122 IBAs span over 14 million hectares, of which ca. 60% is unprotected mostly spanning privately owned land.

This is the first State of the Nations Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Report for South Africa. The report summarizes the analysis of the 56 IBA that were assessed, i.e. the biological state of IBAs, threats to IBAs and conservation responses in IBAs, which follows the state-threat-response model adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It will also provide case studies of threats and responses, including conservation tools being used to conserve these sites. We also provide a synopsis of the main threats facing our protected and unprotected IBAs. Finally, we make recommendations to government and other stakeholders on how the state of IBAs in South Africa can be improved.

For more information, please contact Daniel Marnewick, Manager: Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas and Regional Conservation Programme, on +27(0)82 772 4432 or email daniel.marnewick@birdlife.org.za

State of the Nations Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are sites of global or regional conservation importance identified using birds. There are approximately 12 000 IBAs worldwide. IBAs are identified using standard, internationally agreed criteria, which are scientifically defensible.

As the country partner to BirdLife International, BirdLife South Africa is responsible for managing the IBA Programme in South Africa. Its objectives are to assess, monitor and coordinate or implement the conservation of priority IBAs. South Africa’s 122 IBAs span over 14 million hectares, of which ca. 60% is unprotected mostly spanning privately owned land.

This is the first State of the Nations Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Report for South Africa. The report summarizes the analysis of the 56 IBA that were assessed, i.e. the biological state of IBAs, threats to IBAs and conservation responses in IBAs, which follows the state-threat-response model adopted by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It will also provide case studies of threats and responses, including conservation tools being used to conserve these sites. We also provide a synopsis of the main threats facing our protected and unprotected IBAs. Finally, we make recommendations to government and other stakeholders on how the state of IBAs in South Africa can be improved.

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