BirdLife International wrote about the first global inventory of important sites for the conservation of migratory marine species. It identifies ecologically or biologically significant marine areas. The e-Atlas includes 3,000 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) worldwide.
Seabirds are the most threatened group of birds. Species may travel thousands of miles of international waters and sometimes coming to land only to breed making conservation planning complex.
The Atlas will be an extremely valuable resource for meeting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) target of protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas by 2020.