Global Wildlife Conservation is one of 11 leading conservation organizations that have come together under an ambitious partnership to identify, map, monitor and conserve Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA)–places that include vital habitats for threatened species–with more than $15 million committed over the next five years.
Through the KBA Partnership, resources and expertise will be mobilized to further identify and map Key Biodiversity Areas worldwide. Monitoring of these sites will enable detection of potential threats and identification of appropriate conservation actions. The Partnership will also advise national governments in expanding their protected areas network, and will work with private companies to ensure they minimize and mitigate their impact on nature.
KBA Partners are the Amphibian Survival Alliance, BirdLife International, Conservation International, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Global Environment Facility, Global Wildlife Conservation, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), NatureServe, RSPB, Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund.
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In particular, knowledge about Key Biodiversity Areas will contribute to the achievement of the IUCN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14—on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans— and Goal 15—to manage forests, combat desertification and halt land degradation
The KBA Partnership builds on the partners’ established track record in site identification, monitoring and conservation. To date, more than 18,000 global and regional Key Biodiversity Areas have been identified and mapped. These include Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia—where the last known population of the Critically Endangered Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) lives—and the Molokai Island marine area in Hawaii—home to the Critically Endangered coral Porites pukoensis, known only to occur in the shallow waters of this site.
The partnership aims to unite these efforts under a single KBA umbrella. It will expand the KBA network to cover other species and ecosystems using the global KBA standard. These data will guide decision-makers on areas that require safeguarding and will help a range of end users to define their conservation priorities, achieve their international commitments, and comply with their environmental policies.