Protected areas are well known as the cornerstones in biodiversity conservation efforts. The Aichi Biodiversity Targets, particularly Target 11, challenge the world to significantly strengthen protected area implementation for the conservation of biodiversity. Protected areas need to be "effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well connected systems" and located in "areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services". The workshop will first review the current global status of protected areas informed by the data in the World Database on Protected Areas. It will then show how science and new technologies can help us better understand how to 1) fill gaps in our knowledge of protected areas and biodiversity and 2) how these same technologies can build and strengthen communities of interest around protected areas on the ground as well as on specific protected area issues such as climate change and human rights.
The workshop will present the scientific analyses that will be published in the 2012 Protected Planet Report that reports progress toward achieving the Aichi Biodiversity targets agreed at the CBD COP in Nagoya. Live demonstrations of the latest social networking and visualisation technologies included in Protectedplanet.net will then be unveiled. Finally, the workshop will present case studies of how capacity is being built to respond to the scientific and technical challenges the new biodiversity targets present to the world.