Rethinking Protected Areas Systems: evidence-based solutions for a positive conservation future

Protected areas serve many purposes but, at their core, they must protect biodiversity. The global community has currently set aside 13% of lands and 1% of seas in protected areas and the Aichi targets commit to increasing that significantly by 2020. There is a growing literature that indicates protected areas do not always work well to conserve biodiversity. This workshop will explore evidence on what determines the ability of protected areas to conserve biodiversity and describes new planning approaches to meet biodiversity targets that relate to the persistence of species, not only to the extent of protected areas. Failure to protect ecosystems at the appropriate scale results in loss of resilience, increased vulnerability to climate change, and ultimately loss of ecosystem functions and biodiversity.

This workshop will have series of short, interactive presentations focussed on the following:

1. What is the global evidence for the factors that make protected areas effective in conserving biodiversity?
2. What are the current planning tools that can be applied to protected areas to get ahead of the problem if biodiversity loss, that is, to move into an approach that avoids loss?
3. Given the time-limited Aichi targets for 2020, what should be the ultimate global targets for protected area systems?

Following the presentation, there will be break out discussion workshops focussed on how countries, regions and institutions might incorporate these ideas. Ideas from the workshop will be collated and posted on the WCPA website. In addition, participants will have access to information, reports, data and practical case studies to help them bring new knowledge of protected area systems to their work in countries and regions.

This session reports on new work from:

• The World Commission on Protected Areas and the Species Survival Commission´s Joint Task Force on Biodiversity
• The World Commission on Protected Areas and Species Survival Commission Joint Best Practice Guidelines for Conservation Planning
• The IUCN-WCPA Wilderness Specialist Group and the Wild Foundation´s Nature Needs Half (HALF) program, and the work being done towards global application of HALF at WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress (Spain, 2013)

Do you think you know what makes protect areas work? You might be surprised at the results from the IUCN's global study. Come contribute you ideas to the future success of protected areas.

Speakers:

- Dr. Stephen Woodley, Co-Chair WCPA-SSC Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas

- Christoph Nolte - PhD Candidate, Research Associate, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

- Cyril Kormos, Vice-President for Policy, The WILD Foundation and Regional Vice-Chair North America and Caribbean IUCN-WCPA

Sponsors:

IUCN, World Commission on Protected Areas
IUCN, Species Survival Commission
Parks Canada
University of Queensland
University of Copenhagen
University of Michigan
Wild Foundation

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