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‘Conserving Vanishing Habitats’
Peter Farrington Highmoor towards Giants Cup IBA 064As the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) Programme begins to move towards sustainability, an opportunity opens up to establish an IBA Fund that is dedicated to implementing conservation action projects in IBAs. The objective of the IBA Fund is to raise unencumbered funds to achieve the aims of funding purely high-impact, high-return conservation work in IBAs – offering increased ‘bang for your buck’ by maximising the amount of funds invested directly into ground level conservation to improve the state of IBAs and IBA bird species. These funds will be invested strategically in order to maximise fiscal returns, and will be apportioned to ensure that priority conservation work is undertaken in IBAs by a range of partners.

The IBA Fund will support work in IBAs which aim to improve the state of the habitats, for the benefit of birds and other biodiversity, and to address immediate threats to IBAs.

Frankie Mark Tania AchiemThe IBA Fund will be launched through a number of launch events, the first of which is the 94.7 Momentum Cycle Challenge. We encourage cyclists, nature lovers and birding enthusiasts to ride in the colours of the BirdLife South Africa Fast & Featherless Team to raise money for the IBA Fund by becoming an activist on the GivenGain site. By taking up the cause from your cycle seat, critical IBAs, and their birds and biodiversity, stand a fighting chance. For more information on how to become a part of the Fast and Featherless Team please contact Hiral Naik.

Other exciting things to look forward to are: the first ever ‘Birding Off-the-Beaten Track Weekend’ and the ‘Green Garden’ concept…watch this space!

The IBA Fund will provide dedicated funds with the aim of conserving our fast disappearing natural habitats by answering the conservation needs of IBAs through immediate conservation action. The IBA Fund provides individuals, and organisations alike, the chance to partner in this process. The IBA Fund provides a platform for all members of society to become part of the IBA Team and be a part of preserving our natural heritage by saving the last tracts of land that house our wealth of biodiversity.

Our Sponsors


Trencor along with the Namaqualand Foundation provides funding for the IBA National Manager’s position.

WWF Nedbank Green Trust

WWF Nedbank Green Trust provides funding for the Project Manager of the Biodiversity Stewardship Fiscal Benefits Project and the Verlorenvlei Protected Area Project.


RSPB fund various projects within the IBA Programme.


Toyota provides funding for vehicles for field visits.

The Table Mountain Fund

The Table Mountain Fund provides funding for the Regional Conservation Manager: Western Cape.

The Rupert Natuurstigting

The Rupert Natuurstigting provides funding for the Regional Conservation Manager: Western Cape.

Mr Price

Mr Price provides funding for the Regional Conservation Manager: KwaZulu-Natal.

Rand Merchant Bank

Rand Merchant Bank provides funding for the Regional Conservation Manager: Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Free State.

BirdLife Sisonke and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

BirdLife Sisonke and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife support the Blue Swallow Biodiversity Stewardship Project

Elizabeth Harding Trust

The Elizabeth Harding Bequest supports the Western Cape Estuaries Conservation Project


WWF South Africa supports various IBA Project

Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation

The Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation supports the work of Conservation Areas in South Africa.

Ford Wildlife Foundation

Ford Wildlife Foundation Foundation provides funding for vehicles for various projects.

IUCN-Species Survival Commission

IUCN-Species Survival Commission provides funding for the work of Key Biodiversity Areas in South Africa and Africa.

Italtile Foundation

Italtile Foundation provides funding for the IBA Programme manager.


Grindord provides funding for project managers within the IBA Programme.


N3TC provides funding for the KZN Blue Swallow and Grassland work