Important Bird Areas
Of the 190 birds on the critically endangered list, 44 of them are in the Pacific region. Birdlife International is leading the way towards establishing Important Bird Areas and starting conservation activities to urgently try to save the remaining birds. Basically, an Important Bird Area means an area is treated as a key conservation zone in which activities will be done to try to save the birds. Being designated as Important Areas means they now officially have equal importance to anywhere in the United States.
BirdLife presented their list of Important Bird Areas to the Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation last week. The List took over 4 years to complete. Ground based research tends to be time consuming. It’s not like the birds could perch and answer the researcher’s questions in an afternoon tea-seed meeting!
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will now help try to conserve the remaining birds. The List is step one – the next stage is to start conservation action on the ground. In the South Pacific, where land is communally owned, conservation usually starts with gaining the support of the local community towards protecting areas.
For those of you who like online maps, BirdLife has a News Map of the world’s activities around conserving birds. The map changes size, and allows access to informative snippets of bird conservation related news.
BirdLife is our world’s largest global alliance of conservation organisations that work together to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity. The alliance has Partners in over 100 countries, and has 2.5 million members and 8 million supporters.