Frequently Asked Questions


What is IBAT?

The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) provides decision-makers with access to critical information on biodiversity.

The IBAT Alliance is a partnership of global conservation leaders including BirdLife International, Conservation International (CI), UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

Our vision is that 'decisions affecting critical natural habitats are informed by the best scientific information and in turn decision makers will support the quest to collect and enhance the underlying datasets and maintain that scientific information'.

To accomplish this, the IBAT alliance is developing a set of web-based decision support systems that provide easy access to site-scale conservation priorities to inform project screening/planning for several target audiences. It should be noted that IBAT is very much a first step, and does not remove the need for more detailed research such as that undertaken through a thorough Environmental Impact Assessment.

IBAT for Business was the first product of this ambitious vision for getting the best in biodiversity data into the decision making processes of the private sector. The IBAT Alliance believes that decision-makers from the public and private sectors have an opportunity to lead the way in integrating biodiversity considerations into project development and planning processes. Using the best in science available through IBAT for Business, companies can make informed decisions that integrate conservation concerns when considering activities such as planning new operations or assessing risks associated with sourcing practices.

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Why is there a cost for IBAT?

We are constantly updating and maintaining our datasets. For example, the World Database on Protected Areas is updated on a monthly basis. Compiling and verifying the underlying data sets of threatened species, protected areas and priority sites for conservation is a massive task, involving 10s of 1,000s of people from 100s of organizations around the world. The estimated annual cost to maintain and update our datasets is US$6.5 million. See a breakdown of these costs here. IBAT fees contribute directly to maintaining and updating these datasets.

This data is also being offered through another platform “IBAT for Research and Conservation Planning” to NGOs, universities and researchers at no cost.


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To request a webinar and to arrange a time to discuss your most appropriate subscription options please contact the IBAT Alliance.



Key IBAT contacts

IBAT Secretariat

  • Eugenie Regan, IBAT Manager
  • Lydia Handford, IBAT communications intern
  • Nikita Ellis, IBAT admin & finance officer

Governance Committee

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

IBAT Alliance contact email