Important Bird and Biodiversity Area expansion project (IBA’s)
BirdLife International’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) program currently has 12 000 hotspots registered in the network, making it the largest global network of important sites for biodiversity. At present, South Africa has 124 IBAs, covering over 14 million hectares of habitat for our threatened, endemic and congregatory birds. The NVT, in partnership with BirdLife Plettenberg Bay and BirdLife South Africa, successfully applied for an extension of IBA SA098, the Tsitsikamma IBA. The original Tsitsikamma IBA included only parts of the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park, including the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area, and stopped on the eastern side of the Groot River mouth. The extended Tsitsikamma - Plettenberg Bay IBA now runs through Nature’s Valley, along the coast, all the way up to and including Robberg Nature Reserve and MPA in Plettenberg Bay. This will bring much needed global attention to the amazing diversity of birds in Bitou. Strict criteria need to be met to be included in an IBA – and NVT’s research on the Kelp Gulls, African Black Oystercatchers and endemic Fynbos birds have collected the data needed to trigger the thresholds for inclusion.
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