One of the most effective ways to safeguard biodiversity is through conservation of sites that have high biodiversity value. Knowing, with precision, the location of those places that contribute significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity is therefore critical information for a wide range of end users across society, from national decision makers to private companies, as well as for use by international conventions and, ultimately, to direct conservation actions to halt further losses and address existing and emerging threats. United by the global standard, twelve of the world’s leading nature conservation organisations launched an ambitious new Key Biodiversity Areas partnership in 2016. The KBA Partnership will enhance global conservation efforts by systematically mapping internationally important sites and ensuring that scarce resources are directed to safeguarding 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 KBA Programme has a vision that is the focus of the KBA Partnership. It envisages: “a comprehensive network of sites that contribute significantly to the global persistence of biodiversity is appropriately identified, correctly documented, effectively managed, sufficiently resourced and adequately safeguarded.”
The KBA Partnership has developed a 7-year strategic plan from 2018-2024 which is being rolled out. The key goal for this initial plan is “to implement a programme to develop and maintain an up-to-date, fully documented list of sites identified against the KBA Standard, and to communicate, promote and position this information to enable the achievement of the KBA vision.”
The KBA Partnership invites other suitable organisations to join and will work with governments, national and international agencies organisations and individuals to implement the global KBA programme in a transparent and inclusive way. For the first time the conservation community will be working together to map the most important sites on the planet for species and habitat conservation.