What are IBAs?
IBA in Romania
IBA in my area
The Important Birds Area (IBA) programme represents a global
effort in identifying the most important areas for maintaining wild bird
populations. It also strives to concentrate conservation activities for
protecting these areas.
The programme as launched by
International (1989 – the first european IBA inventory) and is a
very efficient way of identifying conservation priorities in key areas.
It has been accepted by the European Union as the most important tool
for the conservation of wild birds and their habitats and it has been
used for directioning management actions towards areas important for
breeding, migration, feeding and wintering of wild birds.
IBAs usually meet one or more of the following requirements:
- hold one or more globally threatened species
- are part of a set of sites that together hold
several restricted – range species
have exceptionally large numbers of migratory or congregatory birds
IBAs have to meet criteria which are standardized and internationally
accepted and they have to be amenable to conservation and management
measures. By definition, an IBA is an agreed priority for conservation.
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