We are proud to share the news that the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) has officially adopted the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World
as their reference for nomenclature and taxonomy. It will be
implemented in all of the supra-national projects coordinated by EBCC,
including the forthcoming European Breeding Bird Atlas, EuroBirdPortal and Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme.
The EBCC Board explains that these projects “require binding decisions
on the taxonomy and nomenclature employed for the birds. This demands a
classification system that is standardized, trustworthy and globally
accepted, and is also likely to stand the test of time.” We are honoured
that they have found our Checklist to meet such high standards and that
it will be used as a tool for their important work.
The HBW-BirdLife classification system has also been adopted by the
United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of
Wild Animals (CMS)
and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List,
as well as by the European Union, most importantly for its official
list of birds, which guides the Birds Directive, whose goal is to protect all of the wild bird species naturally occurring in the European Union.
We are happy to see the role that the Illustrated Checklist is
playing in policy and conservation within these key institutions and, in
turn, within the other organizations and programmes that they affect.