The IBA Program
The Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas Program took root in Canada
in 1996 with a five-year effort that focused on site
identification and designation. As part of this first
phase, nearly 600 IBAs were designated across every
province and territory using an internationally
established, science-based approach.
Subsequently, provincial nature federation groups
were engaged to coordinate the development of
conservation plans for
selected IBAs and to lead local conservation activities.
The Government of Canada was a critical partner in
these early years, providing generous financial support
through its Millennium Fund program. Environment Canada
provided strong in-kind support in a science advisory
role and through the provision of migratory bird data.
The current focus of the program is to:
reinvigorate the IBA
Program nationally and regionally
develop a national
Network to engage citizens
in conservation actions at IBAs
protocols and systems to report on bird populations at IBAs
encourage decision makers to consider IBAs in
planning and regulatory processes
about the IBA Agenda or download a
printable brochure (6 MB PDF)
Please join us in making the IBA
Program a resounding success!