Identifying globally important sites for life on earth: scoping of Key Biodiversity Areas

30th October 2018

Identifying globally important sites for life on earth: scoping of Key Biodiversity Areas

The Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) partnership is tasked with developing a map of key sites for life on earth that can guide both governments, industry and conservation partners to safeguard sites that are most critical for conservation across the planet. The goal of this project is to identify sites that potentially qualify as KBAs for each of four taxa (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians), developing extent of suitable habitat (ESH) maps for each taxon and using these to identify likely KBAs and species that trigger KBA status for each country of the World. 

This project is funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation.

Project Aims

Key objectives for this project include: 

  1. Estimating ESH for each species of terrestrial vertebrate assessed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  2. Using ESH maps, identify likely KBAs and the species that trigger KBA status at for each country to provide a guide for KBA identification in each country of the World
  3. Make these maps and lists of species available through the World Database of KBAs
 

Key Activities

The key activities of the project will be:

  1. Develop a standard method for estimating ESH from Red List data
  2. Model ESH for the four taxa
  3. Combine the ESH maps for each taxa and develop a method for identifying KBAs
  4. Calculate likely KBAs for each country
  5. Generate a list of species that likely trigger KBA status for each country
  6. Provide maps of sites and list of trigger species on the World Database of KBAs for download

Conservation Impact

The following outcomes will be achieved:

  1. NCG groups will be able to access data on potential trigger species and candidate sites for their country 
  2. KBAs will be more rapidly identified and established through access to such information for many more species than might be achieved without such analysis. 
  3. KBA Programme will concentrate funding resources in nations with many candidate KBAs and particularly those nations where protected area coverage of candidate KBAs is particularly low or numbers of threatened KBA-trigger species are high.
  4. Donors will be encouraged to target support to KBA-rich nations where funding is limited to conserve KBAs

Outputs

The key outputs of the project will be:

  1. ESH maps for each species of mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian
  2. Maps of potential KBA sites for each country of the World
  3. Lists of species that trigger KBA status for each country of the World
  4. Scripts that can be used in the World Database of KBAs to automatically calculate/recalculate KBA status for sites as Red list or population status changes

Project Overview

Type: Funded Projects
Theme: Indicators, monitoring and effectiveness
Project code: CCI-05-18-004
Start date: September 1, 2018
Status: Active

Project team

CCI partners Involved

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