BirdLife is the International Thematic Focal Point for birds to the CBD Clearing-House Mechanism which aims to share knowledge and exchange information.
BirdLife's Data Zone is an authoritative source of high-quality data, amassed by a global conservation partnership of over 120 leading national organisations.
This information is made freely available for Governments and other non-commercial users.
CBD Parties can draw on this resource, for example, when
Published October 2012
In October 2010, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. The plan provides a comprehensive global framework for achieving the vision of 'Living in Harmony with Nature', including the 20 headline Aichi Targets for 2015 or 2020.
An essential next step is to translate the Strategic Plan to the national level—through new or revised National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
This booklet—launched at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Hyderabad, India—provides examples for 18 of the Aichi Targets of how birds can help to set targets at the national level, focus actions to meet these targets, and provide data to monitor success.
CASE STUDIES: The booklet provides links to detailed case studies that demonstrate how each target can be successfully achieved. To view the full list of case studies included in the booklet click here.
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: How birds and BirdLife can help set, meet and monitor national biodiversity targets
A detailed PowerPoint presentation illustrating how birds and BirdLife can help set, meet and monitor national biodiversity targets.
Meeting the 2020 biodiversity targets: action and monitoring based on birds was launched at CBD COP10 in Nagoya, and outlines in detail how the wealth of data available for birds can be used to set conservation priorities and track success.
A guide to BirdLife's online resources
Biodiversity conservation is a pre-condition for achieving sustainable development. As such, it needs to be integrated (mainstreamed) across all sectors.
BirdLife International and IUCN have developed a series of simple factsheets discussing how mainstreaming biodiversity can be successfully put into practice. To find out more, click here.
Civil Society Engagement
Implementing the CBD Strategic Plan will require concerted efforts from Government, business and civil society.
BirdLife Partners are grassroots conservation organisations, many with extensive expertise in communication, education and public awareness, community conservation, research and monitoring, conservation planning and reserve management. BirdLife Partners collect and analyse large amounts of biodiversity data and are working closely with Governments around the world to support CBD implementation. To find and contact BirdLife in your country, click here.
Strengthening Protected Area systems
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) represent a core set of the most important sites for biodiversity conservation across the globe. The Data zone provides comprehensive accounts for over 12,000 sites, with information on;
Identifying gaps in protection
Countries are obligated through the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) to identify gaps in their national protected area systems. Comparing the locations of Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) with those of existing protected areas is a simple yet effective way of finding where key species are left unprotected and can greatly assist countries in meeting their PoWPA commitments. To access currently available gap analysis maps click here.
The Data Zone provides comprehensive accounts of the world's 10,024 recognised bird species—with detailed and up-to-date information on their biology, distribution, threats and the latest IUCN Red List categories. Governments can access distribution maps of all threatened and near threatened species for use with GIS mapping software.
The Country Profile section presents BirdLife's information at a national level. Each profile presents a range of facts and figures on a country's bird species. Information on Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs) is displayed alongside interactive maps which allow users to explore areas of interest in detail. The profiles also include information on each country's commitments under international environmental conventions, as well as links to key publications and useful resources.
BirdLife has just completed the first global inventory of marine Important Bird Areas—the most important sites for seabirds. These areas are vital for other oceanic life too & so are key priorities for conservation in the marine realm. You can explore these sites in details through a new online tool—the Marine e-Atlas.
Africa Climate exChange maps
Bird information helps to develop adaptive management responses to the impacts of climate change. A suite of maps, showing how the ranges of the majority of bird species breeding in sub-Saharan Africa could be impacted by climate change, is made available on the Africa Climate Exchange website. The maps have been developed collaboratively by BirdLife International and Durham University with data provided by the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen.
The Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool
As part of the Wings Over Wetlands (WOW) Project (2006 - 2010), BirdLife and its project partners developed an electronic portal called the Critical Site Network (CSN) Tool. The tool provides decision-makers and planners at the local, national and international level with information on the critical sites required by migratory waterbirds across Africa and Eurasia, including comprehensive site and flyway scale information for over 300 migratory waterbird species.
Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) Wind Energy Sensitivity Map
Through a UNDP/GEF-funded project, BirdLife is working to conserve soaring birds during their migration along the Red Sea / Rift Valley flyway. The project’s aim is to mainstream conservation within key sectors that can have an impact on these species, namely agriculture, energy, hunting, tourism and waste management. To support decision-making in the wind energy sector, BirdLife has developed guidance materials for renewable energy and a web-based mapping tool to show the distribution of soaring birds that are likely to be sensitive to wind energy development within the region. The tool is still under development and is due to be launched at the start of 2014.
Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA)
BirdLife’s scientific work on ecosystem services focuses on demonstrating nature’s values for people. Working alongside a range of collaborating organisations, BirdLife is developing and testing a toolkit of simple methods for evaluating ecosystem services at individual sites. The data generated by its application are already helping to inform local to national policy to support better biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and improvements in livelihoods.
In-depth case studies
State of the World's Birds on the Data Zone shows in detail how bird data can be used to monitor change and set conservation priorities, and highlights successful conservation approaches. Birds are an ideal indicator group because they are widespread, well studied, and highly responsive to environmental change.
Some useful case studies
The State of the World's Birds spotlight series provides more detailed information on these topics and links to an array of related case studies.