Protected areas and other area-based conservation measures at the level of local governments
As of: January 2020
Objective and activities
The project aims to increase the number of local governments that manage protected areas and other area-based conservation measures effectively and equitably. Therefore, it focuses on strengthening local level capacities and governance as well as the role of local governments in the effective management of protected areas and other area-based conservation measures within the four countries’ institutional and legal frameworks. Furthermore, benefits and challenges are disseminated at the local, subnational, national and international level. The project will contribute to more effective biodiversity conservation and to a better understanding of the economic values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. As an integral part of the wider landscape, local governments’ protected areas and other area-based conservation measures contribute to ecological connectivity, and thus enhance ecosystems’ adaptation capacities and reduce vulnerability to climate change
State of implementation/results
- Examples of successful management of local protected areas in each of the four countries were identified: three examples per country are being documented and published on the ICLEI websites. (sams.iclei.org/…) and PANORAMA (panorama.solutions/…)
- In Brazil, in 01/2019 six municipalities were trained in a pilot workshop on the methodology for integrating ecosystem services into the management of local protected areas and other site-related conservation measures. The city of Florianópolis applied this to its municipal plan for the protection and sustainable use of the Atlantic coastal rainforest. (sams.iclei.org/…)
- In Ecuador, regulations for new environmental legislation have been drawn up to regulate the legal situation of local protected areas and other area-based protective measures. The decentralised autonomous governments thus have improved conditions for the establishment and management of their own protected area subsystems.
- The project supported the recognition of the Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve in 06/2018 (issuu.com/…). Representatives of the decentralized autonomous governments attended the first regional conference of the project in Sao Paulo in 05/2017 (sams.iclei.org/…), where they learned about the Mata Atlântica Biosphere Reserve, among other things. In 10/2018 they presented to the participants of the second regional conference of the project how they can facilitate dialogue, alliances and cooperation in their biosphere reserve, preserve biodiversity and bring benefits to the local population (sams.iclei.org/…).
- In Colombia, the project working group with representatives of local governments contributed to the recognition of so-called "complementary conservation strategies" and supported the publication "Voces de la gestión territorial" (www.humboldt.org.co/…). For the first time, local governments were involved in the dialogue on the design of regional protected area systems and existing municipal protected area systems were catalogued.
- In Peru, in 02/2019 the project organised a regional expert workshop on the recognition of "other effective area-based protective measures" as defined in the Convention on Biological Diversity and supported by IUCN (sams.iclei.org/…).