Plantlife Important Plant Areas (IPA) Database
Welcome to the 2021 Important Plant Areas database
This database holds information on sites identified through the Important Plant Areas Programme. Currently the database holds information on IPAs in Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Israel, Lebanon, Macedonia (FYR), Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
Using the database
Please use the search function above to access information on IPAs:
- Use the drop down lists to refine your search for specific IPAs; chose a country you are interested in and click through to find out more about each site.
- The tabs detail why the IPA has been identified (species and habitats) and extra information on the location, management, protection, threats etc.
- Factsheets are available to print for each individual IPA and a dot or boundary map can be viewed by selecting the map tab.
Aims of the IPA database
The database has been developed to bring all available plant and habitat data together in one place, with the aim of making a selection of key sites, assessing their threats and protection levels, and ultimately to disseminate these data in accessible and consistent formats to a range of audiences who have an influence on the protection and conservation of the IPA.
The original IPA database was developed in 2002 to capture information from the IPAs in the European programme. In 2017 the database was upgraded to accommodate the revision of the global IPA criteria (2016), new mapping and GIS facilities, and more user friendly search options for public viewers.
Data for each site is entered online by national coordinators with secure logins. National coordinators can view but not edit the data from all the other countries in the database. Site factsheets based on the information entered are available via a public access website,The database has provision for confidential treatment of particularly sensitive species.
All national IPA teams using the database develop a data sharing agreement with Plantlife which sets out the details of how the data should be used, any data ownership issues and citations. The general format of these data sharing agreements is based on the model developed by Birdlife International in the Important Bird Area Programme. National teams can download their own dataset from the online database whenever it is needed.
Plantlife and the IPA Programme
The Important Plant Areas Project across the globe is coordinated by Plantlife International and is being carried out by a network of partner organisations in several countries. If you would like to know more about the work of Plantlife International to save wild plants, fungi and their habitats please visit the Plantlife website (http://www.plantlife.org.uk).