Critical habitat

Definition

Any area of the planet with high biodiversity conservation significance based on the existence of habitat of significant importance to critically endangered or endangered species, restricted range or endemic species, globally significant concentrations of migratory and/or congregatory species, highly threatened and/or unique ecosystems and key evolutionary processes.

International Finance Corporation (IFC) 2012 1

Note: Critical habitat is a term which is defined and used differently by a number of national governments and financial institutions.