New quality standard for nature conservation

Riverside in Colombia

Protected area in Colombia; Photo: Oliver Hölcke / IKI

German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks is promoting new quality standards for international nature conservation with EUR 3.4 million in funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

A new IKI project is supporting Colombia, Kenya, Peru and Viet Nam to promote and strengthen management structures in their protected area systems. Hendricks explained that, ‘Four countries on three continents are pioneering a global standard for a model system to manage protected areas. We are supporting their efforts through the International Climate Initiative.’ All four countries – which are also greatly affected by the impacts of climate change – are working to preserve the vast and vulnerable biodiversity within their borders.

Colombia, Kenya, Peru and Viet Nam aim to set an example by applying and further developing the Green List of Protected Areas Standard of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). In future, the Standard will encourage other countries to manage protected areas in an equitable and effective manner, thereby helping protect biodiversity, mitigate climate change and improve the living conditions of people living in and around the protected areas.

In 2010, the 196 parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) resolved to place at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas under protection within the ten years leading up to 2020. The aim is to manage protected area systems that are ecologically representative and well networked in an equitable and effective manner. Along with other conservation measures this will improve biological diversity.