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Protected Area Solutions for Biodiversity and Climate Change: achieving quality elements of Aichi Target 11 to support implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan 2011 to 2020 and the Programme of Work on Protected Areas.

As of: May 2020

Objective and activities

The project will promote and strengthen diverse and equitable governance of protected area (PA) systems that deliver biodiversity and climate change outcomes, and advance progress on Aichi Targets 11, 14 and 18 of the CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020. The project will help overcome gaps in quality and capacity in the governance of PA systems in COL, PER, KEN and the Mekong region (VNM) and will develop an international standard assessment, the “IUCN Green List”. The project will incorporate scientific methods to help secure the conservation of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) and other areas important for ecosystem services and resilience, climate change adaptation, and carbon storage. The project will help broaden national recognition of diverse governance institutions and foster learning in shared governance situations. The project will also develop a global portfolio of case studies that communicate successful PA biodiversity and climate change outcomes.

State of implementation/results

  • In the official final report of COP 13, the IUCN Green List developed in the project is recommended as a voluntary standard.
  • The IUCN Green List Awards were celebrated on 24 November 2018 on the sidelines of COP 14 in Egypt, at which newly added protected areas to the IUCN Green List were announced.
  • Support for regional training seminars of the CBD Secretariat (in 2016) with project materials regarding new standards of quality measurement for protected areas (a project output)
  • New Panorama platform developed with GIZ and launched at IUCN World Conservation Congress September 2016
  • 9 formal and 14 informal Panorama sessions at the IUCN Congress, including two launch events jointly with GIZ
  • Major progress in the development of the Panorama partnership governance structure: IUCN and GIZ commit to act as managing partners with broader institutional engagement
  • The project published a ‘User Manual’ to guide implementation of the global standard in partner countries with participating protected areas.
  • Inception workshops were held in each partner country (Colombia, Peru, Kenya, Vietnam). Roadmaps for pilot implementation were developed.
  • In Peru and Kenya, goverance assessment processes and associated site-level action plans have contributed to 5 protected areas achieving IUCN Green List status.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) - Switzerland

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) - Viet Nam," Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (MEW&NR) - Kenya", Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru

BMU grant:
3.368.657,00 €

11/2015  till  07/2020



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