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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: October 2018

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

  • To date, globally, the project has achieved two early engagements with the CBD processes:
  • During the CBD SBSSTA meeting in March 2016 IUCN prepared an ‘INF DOC’ responding to Decision XI, which included mention of the IUCN Standards under development through this project. IUCN also made a presentation at a multi-partner side-event on verification of conservation outcomes in protected areas and other area-based conservation measures, referencing planned project work;
  • Supported the series of CBD Secretariat regional training seminars during 2016 with project material on the role of a new standard for protected and conserved areas in measuring quality (a project output)
  • New Panorama-Plattform developed with GIZ and launched at IUCN World Conservation Congress September 2016
  • 9 formal and 14 informal Panorama sessions at IUCN Congress, including 2 launch events hosted jointly with GIZ
  • Major progress in development of Panorama partnership governance model, with IUCN and GIZ committing to act as “managing partners” with broader institutional engagement
  • Three new Panorama solution case studies from project countries published since project inception
  • Project inception and standard development meeting in January 2016 provided a draft global standard for protected and conserved areas (IUCN Green List Standard) and incorporated feedback from over 130 individual experts into the document.
  • Project produced a ‘User Manual’ to guide implementation of the global standard in partner countries with participating protected areas.
  • Inception workshops took place in each of the partner countries (Colombia, Peru, Kenya, Vietnam). Roadmaps for pilot implementation were developed.

Project data

Implementing organisation:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (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

11/2015 till 12/2019


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