On this page you will find some important and valuable documents about the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Programme. Please feel free to download and share.
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Directory - Printed Version
The printed version of the directory can be ordered by completing the form at this link (right click on link and select "Save Link As")
and then email the form to email@example.com:
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Directory - Electronic Version
The revised Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas Directory (published 2015) can be downloaded in PDF format by selecting the link below:
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Poster
A poster about the Important Bird and Biodiveristy Areas in South Africa can be downloaded by selecting the link below:
IBA Poster in PDF format (14mb)
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Shapefiles
The GIS shapefile can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select "Save link as...":
Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Google Earth KML File
The KML file can be downloaded at the link below (right click and select "Save link as..."):
Guide to access avian data for EIA Reports
BirdLife South Africa registers, on a regular basis, as an Interested and Affected Party for developments that might affect areas which are important for birds. Although some Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports contain sufficient information, most EIA reports do not provide an accurate reflection of the avifauna that occurs in the proposed area of development.
There are numerous avian data sources available in South Africa that can be used by EIA specialists. These data sources are also available to the general public. However, not all EIA practitioners might be aware how to access these data sources. As it is of extreme importance to BirdLife South Africa that these data sources be used to their fullest, a short guideline document has been drawn up and can be downloaded below.