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Implementing the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas: governance as key for effective and equitable Protected Area systems

IUCN Strategic Direction on Governance, Communities, Equity, and Livelihood Rights in Relation to Protected Areas

Date and Time
23 May 2008 18:15 - 19:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

The side event, organized by IUCN’s TILCEPA (a joint Theme of the IUCN Commissions CEESP and WCPA) will review the concept and practice of governance of Protected Areas—one of the least understood but most useful entry points for a successful implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas. The event will begin by reviewing progress in implementing element 2 of the CBD Programme of Work, which deals with governance, participation, equity and benefit sharing. Through concrete examples from countries in the South and the North, it will then review how more appropriate PA governance can help expand the coverage of protected areas in a given country, address gaps in its conservation system, improve biological connectivity at landscape/ seascape level, increase the flexibility and responsiveness of the system, enhance public support for conservation and, ultimately, improve overall PA sustainability and strengthen the ties between people and nature. With the help of workshop participants, recommendations for action will be drawn at the end of the event.