The monitoring of Important Bird Areas is an element within a wider framework for monitoring progress towards BirdLife International’s overall strategic objectives, which include the monitoring of specie’s, sites, habitats, and the socio-ecomic conditions of local communities living within and around IBA’s, in keeping with BirdLife International’s global strategy, whose themes are Species, Sites, Habitats and People.
IBA monitoring is undertaken through five stages, primarily to enable timely detection of threats, assess the impacts such threats are having on biodiversity, as well as determine the effectiveness of conservation actions. IBA monitoring is also helpful in that it creates awareness, develops technical capacity, engages local communities and site management authorities in conservation, and builds a national constituency for conservation.
Annual IBA Status and Trends Report
Customised forms for data collection are distributed to potential contributors, who are mainly the Protected Area management authorities (Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, National Museums of Kenya and the National Environment Management Authority), researchers, collaborating NGOs and Site Support Groups. Each year (from since 2004), annual monitoring data is analyzed by the National Museums of Kenya and compiled into Kenya’s Important Bird Areas Status and Trends Report. The report identifies & communicates threats at site levels, provides recommendations for highest priority conservation action, identifies institutional constraints and justifies resource allocation/mobilization etc. It is a useful tool to guide site management planning processes, identifies research and funding priorities and forms part of national reporting to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), in particular Article 7 relating to identifying and monitoring key sites.
The results of this programme have been widely disseminated to other partners in Kenya, Africa and the World, through the BirdLife International Partnership. The ultimate aim is to have data from monitoring positively influence conservation, national strategy and policy processes. In this regard, monitoring status and trends of biodiversity should be part of institutional conservation areas planning and management.
Please download a basic monitoring form that is used to compile the Annual Status and Trends Reports here and help us keep track of threats facing our habitats and species.
Click on the links below for the IBA Status and Trends Reports
IBA Status and Trends Report: 2004
IBA Status and Trends Report: 2005
IBA Status and Trends Report: 2006
IBA Status and Trends Report: 2007
IBA Status and Trends Report: 2008
IBA Status and Trends Report: 2009