The objective of this session was to explore the importance of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures at scale for achieving the Apex Goals in the post-2020 GBF. The session convened a range of experts to examine how best to increase ambition, as well as effectiveness and equity in reaching conservation and social outcomes. In particular, the session addressed the further engagement of governance actors from governments, private and indigenous peoples and local communities in connected and integrated approaches at scale.
This session explored how to bring about transformative change in the way we carry out conservation in landscapes and seascapes. Protected and conserved areas of all kinds play a critical role in maintaining resilient ecosystems and their capacity to conserve biodiversity, while also contributing to challenges such as climate change, water and food security, disaster-risk reduction, and human health and wellbeing. This is only possible when they are governed appropriately involving all relevant custodians, including indigenous peoples and local communities, and when they are managed effectively to achieve their full potential.
Panelists emphasized that scaling up conservation at scale in landscapes and seascapes involves the recognition of the identity and rights of all those who protect and conserve in their areas and territories.
This session highlighted key messages that the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework must achieve fair and effective conservation through a focus on the quality of governance and management.
The Post-2020 Pavilion will be convened during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France from 3-11 September 2021.