About IBAT

IBAT for Research and Conservation Planning is an innovative tool designed to facilitate access to a range of global and national data layers, such as protected area boundaries, biological information about habitat and species diversity indices, and key areas for biodiversity, which can be useful for research and conservation planning purposes.

The tool is the result of a ground-breaking conservation partnership among BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature and UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and is made possible by a diverse set of data providers, users and funders in government, business and civil society from over 200 countries and territories.


BirdLife International is a global Partnership of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a special focus on conservation and birds. Each NGO Partner represents a unique geographic territory, and BirdLife Partners operate in over one hundred countries and territories worldwide. The BirdLife Global Partnership has more than 4,000 staff working on conservation, over 2.5 million members worldwide and 10 million worldwide supporters. The BirdLife International Partnership strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Visit BirdLife online at www.birdlife.org

Conservation International is a conservation organisation that believes that the Earth's natural heritage must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally, and economically. CI’s mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage – our global biodiversity – and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

Visit CI online at www.conservation.org


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

Visit IUCN online at www.iucn.org

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, the world's foremost intergovernmental environmental organization, and WCMC 2000, a UK-based charity. The UNEP-WCMC is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for the synthesis, analysis and dissemination of global biodiversity knowledge, providing authoritative, strategic and timely information for conventions, countries/territories, organizations and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions.

Visit UNEP-WCMC online at www.unep-wcmc.org



Key IBAT contacts

Governance Committee

  • Neville Ash, Director, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  • Leo Viana, Conservation International
  • Melanie Heath, Director of Science, Policy and Information, BirdLife International
  • Jane Smart, Global Director - Global Species Programme, IUCN

IBAT Alliance contact email