As of: November 2016
Protected Area Solutions for Biodiversity and Climate Change: Achieving quality elements of Aichi Target 11
Objective and activities
The project aims to improve the quality of governance of at least two protected areas within each partner country manifested in the Aichi Targets 11, 14, and 18 of the CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020 in South America (Colombia, Peru), Eastern Africa (Kenya) and the Mekong region (Viet Nam). Therefore, the project will develop an international standard assessment, the “IUCN Green List”, evaluating beneficial biodiversity and climate change strategies in protected areas adjusted to the regional context of the partner countries.
Special focus is given to indigenous and community-led conservation strategies and legal instruments of land-use planning according to the IUCN standards to build on lessons learned for improving the quality of protected area systems. In Kenya and Viet Nam, locally-managed marine and wetland conservation models as a prerequisite for economic growth, resilience to climate change and livelihood support will be taken into account to develop robust, diverse governance delivering to conservation, climate and social objectives.
Ultimately, the project will generate a network between the participating states for achieving and promoting better governance performances with sustainable and positive social and environmental impacts on 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.