Important Bird Areas

Nature Kenya is taking action in conservation through the Important Bird Areas (IBA) programme. This programme uses birds as a means of identifying sites that are critical for the conservation of bio-diversity using a criteria that is nationally and internationally recognized.

Kakamega IBA

The Kakamega Forest- an Important Bird Area

Important Bird Areas cover all the key habitat types in Kenya; some are protected (gazetted forests and national parks), but many are not. IBAs include 22 forest (20 of them protected areas); 19 wetlands (only 5 protected); 12 semi-arid and arid areas (7 protected); 6 moist grasslands (3 protected) and 2 unprotected sites with cross-sections of different habitat types.

See the list of Kenya's Important Bird Areas.

IBA map