Connectivity Conservation, Law and Beyond: for an environmentally and socially resilient planet

Workshop Objectives
To promote the role that collaborative connectivity conservation plays in enhancing biodiversity conservation and by providing nature-based solutions to climate change and in increasing the health and resilience of communities by:
1) Inspiring environmental and social connectivity conservation through the demonstration of global exemplars, including new IUCN and partner connectivity conservation initiatives.
2) Emphasizing the role of national and international legal frameworks and tools required to enable the delivery of conservation connectivity.
3) Demonstrating the role that connectivity conservation plays in climate change mitigation and adaptation and as a tool to increase environmental and community resilience.
4) Demonstrating governance models which operate for complex land tenure issues and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.
5) Promoting preparation of PA law and management training programs to build the capacity of legislative drafters, governmental and private sector protected area managers and university professors
Summary
The workshop seeks to galvanise support for actively managed, strategic, continental-scale corridors that cross a range of tenures in order to respond to the serious decline in species and ecosystems, the effects of climate change, and the health and wellbeing of communities.
The workshop profiles the role connectivity conservation plays is addressing 13 of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. Highlights the 2011Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation prepared by IUCN Environmental Law Centre as a key tool to achieve connectivity and profiles governance models that integrate the different stakeholders and rights holders, opportunities across a wide range of interests and tenure. The exemplars of connectivity may help create norms, standards and models for good governance.

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