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IMPORTANT BIRDS AREAS PROGRAMME

What is Birdlife's IBA programme?
Although protected areas may be found in countries throughout the world, few attempts have ever been made to assess, on a global scale, whether or not these areas are sufficient to conserve global biodiversity. In many cases, protected areas have been identified for reasons other than biodiversity conservation (e.g., large mammal populations, scenic beauty, protection of watersheds or timber resources). The aim of BirdLife International’s Important Bird Areas (IBA) Programme is to identify and protect a global network of sites that are critical for the long-term survival of all bird species and their habitats.

But why birds? In short, birds are well-known, well-studied, widespread and popular. Birds are prone to endemism and they are excellent indicators of biodiversity in general. If an area holds rare or endemic birds or a particularly diverse range of birds, it is likely to hold a comparable array of other organisms. So, birds provide the scientific baseline data but the underlying aim is the conservation of all living things.

Of course, birds are not faultless surrogates for biodiversity in general. Some sites with, for example, rare plants, endemic amphibians or unusual bacteria will not be identified by the process. (The need to collect information on a range of little-known organisms remains pressing.) Conversely, a few sites may be important only for their rare birds, and not for other wildlife. However, no other group of organisms lends itself to the process in the same way and the identification and protection of sites that are important for birds is undoubtedly a giant step in the right direction for biodiversity conservation. Throughout the world, IBAs have been selected using 4 categories of internationally agreed, objective ornithological criteria:
  • Globally threatened species (22 species in Zambia)
  • Restricted-range species (8 species in Zambia)
  • Biome-restricted Assemblages (138 species in Zambia)
  • Globally important congregations (12 qualifying sites in Zambia)
What are we doing in Zambia?

Zambia's IBA programme was officially launched in August 2005. See Projects for more information on the work we are doing in our IBAs.

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Zambian Important Bird Ares
Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin
Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin
Capped Wheatear
Capped Wheatear
Blackheaded Oriole
Blackheaded Oriole
Masked Weaver
Masked Weaver
Last updated: 7 Jan. 2014
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