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World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas: a comprehensive new database for the management of areas of importance for biodiversity

29th June 2022

BirdLife International and the KBA Partnership are pleased to launch a beta version of the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas (WDKBA), a comprehensive, robust, up-to-date and accessible data management system for Key Biodiversity Areas, the most important sites in the world for nature.

The login screen of the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas

Developed with the generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Bezos Earth Fund, the platform now allows users to register and log in, to access more information on KBAs, propose new sites as KBAs and update information on the biodiversity importance of existing sites. It applies various data validation rules to determine if a site qualifies as a Global KBA and under which KBA criteria. The system allows individuals to participate in identifying sites, supports the KBA review and confirmation process, and now enables the KBA programme to track all developing proposals for sites worldwide. Through these developments, the WDKBA increases the speed and efficiency with which KBA National Coordination Groups can engage all relevant stakeholders and update their KBA inventories, thereby reducing the work involved, enhancing collaboration and strengthening the robustness of the dataset.

The improved efficiencies afforded by this new database will improve the effective use of KBAs in guiding implementation and achievement of targets in the Global Biodiversity Framework due to be agreed by the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2022, including the proposed ‘30 × 30’ commitment to expand the global network of protected and conserved areas, as well as proposed commitments to retain intact ecosystems, restore degraded habitats, prevent extinctions and recover the abundance of species’ populations.

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