Protected area solutions for biodiversity and climate change mitigations
As of: May 2021
Two strategic objectives of the Aichi 2020 targets are to safeguard ecosystems, species and genetic diversity and to increase the resulting benefits for the entire human race. The project supports these twin objectives through the improved governance of protected areas. To this end, it is building up knowledge and capacities for better management of the areas concerned, and developing the “IUCN Green List” as an international standard. The new methods help to protect key areas of biodiversity and for important ecosystem services, helping adapt to the consequences of climate change. The project compiles and disseminates a worldwide portfolio of case studies documenting successful management. Through the IKI Corona Response Package, solutions for a "One Health" approach are integrated into the work with each partner country. Project results are shared to help frame dialogue on the new Post 2020 Global Framework for Biodiversity.
State of implementation/results
- In the course of the Corona Response Package, the development of alternative financing options for protected areas is also expected.
- 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.
- Nine 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.