The IPA database collates and manages information on Important Plant Areas (IPA). For each IPA site information (if provided) is held on species/ habitats/ IPA criteria/ threats/ land use/ protection and textual accounts of the site.
Plantlife International provides the IPA secretariat and maintains a GIS dataset of Important Plant Areas (IPAs) around the world on behalf of the Plantlife Partnership. This dataset is drawn largely from data provided directly by the Partners but also includes some data digitised by the Plantlife Secretariat or consolidated from 3rd party sources. Where possible we have included a polygon for each IPA, however there remain some sites where it hasn’t yet been possible to create a boundary polygon, in these instances the site has been represented in a separate dataset by a point showing its approximate location.
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