What is the KBA Partnership?

In September 2016, the world’s leading nature conservation organisations launched an ambitious new partnership to map, monitor and conserve the most important places for life on earth.

The Key Biodiversity Area Partnership will mobilise the expertise, experience and resources of the partner organisations to:

  • identify, map and document thousands of Key Biodiversity Areas worldwide;
  • promote targeted conservation action in Key Biodiversity Areas; and
  • inform and influence public policy and private sector decision-making.

The KBA Partnership will enhance global conservation efforts by systematically mapping internationally important sites and ensuring that scarce resources are directed to the most important places for nature. The impact of this vital conservation work will be enhanced by promoting targeted investment in conservation action at priority sites.

The main structures of the KBA Partnership and Programme are as follows:

The KBA Committee is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the partnership.

The KBA Secretariat will coordinate the partnership and ensure the delivery and promotion of the World Database of Key Biodiversity AreasTM.

The KBA Community will provide a platform for collaboration and exchange between experts and organisations involved in KBA identification, review and monitoring.

The KBA Consultative Forum will comprise end-users, including researchers, governments and businesses, and will inform the development of the initiative to meet the information needs of such end users,

The KBA Standards and Appeals Committee (SAC) will seek to ensure the correct application of the Global Standard for the identification of Key Biodiversity Areas.

The KBA Technical Working Group (TWG) seeks to ensure that the KBA identification, documentation and monitoring efforts of the KBA Partners are implemented in a consistent manner.

National KBA Coordination Groups are groups of experts representing all taxonomic groups and other biodiversity elements for which the KBA criteria may be applied at the national level. They should coordinate initiatives at the national level to identify KBAs to ensure the development of a single KBA list and to review proposals from external proposers.

Regional Focal Points: Individuals or small teams who support the KBA identification process in a particular region, typically employed by KBA Partners.

KBA Partners:

The KBA Partnership comprises 12 partners:

American Bird Conservancy https://abcbirds.org/ 
Amphibian Survival Alliance http://www.amphibians.org/
Conservation International http://www.conservation.org/Pages/default.aspx
Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund http://www.cepf.net/Pages/default.aspx
Global Environment Facility https://www.thegef.org/gef/
Global Wildlife Conservation http://globalwildlife.org/
NatureServe http://www.natureserve.org/
Rainforest Trust https://www.rainforesttrust.org/
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds http://www.rspb.org.uk/
WWF http://www.panda.org
Wildlife Conservation Society https://www.wcs.org/

The text of the KBA Partnership Agreement can be downloaded here. Please, note that some of the Annexes to this Agreement may be subject to change as experience is gained during the implementation of the KBA Programme.