Key Biodiversity Areas

IUCN standard to identify areas of global significance for biodiversity

Key Biodiversity Areas represent the most important sites for biodiversity conservation worldwide.

They are places of international importance for conserving biodiversity through protected areas and other methods and are identified nationally using simple, standard criteria, based on their importance in maintaining species populations.

Key Biodiversity Areas are the building blocks for conservation planning at the landscape level. Governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, the private sector and other groups can use key biodiversity areas as a tool to identify national networks of internationally important sites for conservation.

The IUCN standard to identify ‘key biodiversity areas’ coordinates the different approaches being used and covers terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems (in the latter case, sites are known as “ecologically and biologically significant areas”).

Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum)

Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum)

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Evidence and case studies
  • IUCN standard to identify areas of
global biodiversity significance
(“key biodiversity areas” - KBAs)

    IUCN standard to identify areas of global biodiversity significance (“key biodiversity areas” - KBAs)

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