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Side Event #2947


Date Tuesday
2018.11.27 @ 13:15
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Room M3 - IGOs Room
Building 1
Capacity: 60 people
Conference COP 14 / CP-COP-MOP 9 / NP-COP-MOP 3
Fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
Title Safeguarding space for nature, securing our future: perspectives from an international science-policy symposium on area-based conservation post-2020
Birdlife | CBD | IUCN | NGS | UNEP-WCMC | ZSL |
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Conference of the Parties
Strategic Plan 2011-2020
Sustainable Development / Millenium Development Goals
Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Scientific and Technical Cooperation
Ecosystem Approach and Restoration
Protected Areas
Executive Secretary Featured
Aichi Biodiversity Targets


To provide scientific evidence as part of the process for the preparation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework (SBSTTA recommendation XX/1, paragraph 8), the Zoological Society of London and National Geographic Society, in partnership with IUCN, BirdLife International, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Secretariat of the CBD, hosted a two day public symposium in February 2018 in London, UK, on ‘Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy’.

The symposium brought together 250 participants from 22 countries, including the Executive Secretary and senior staff from the CBD Secretariat, expert scientists, conservation practitioners, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society and donors. The key objectives of the meeting were to: (i) review the science informing future area-based conservation targets; (ii) evaluate the implications of various policy options for delivering area-based conservation; (iii) provide balanced, evidence-based recommendations to Parties to the CBD and other intergovernmental policy processes; and (iv) raise awareness of the need for a more ambitious, holistic and effective strategy to safeguard space for nature, incorporating protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.

At this side event, a range of experts will present and invite discussion on some of the symposium’s key messages:

  1. Quality as well as quantity is key, with a need to focus further expansion of protected and conserved areas on areas of importance for biodiversity (Key Biodiversity Areas, equivalent national priorities, Ecologically and Biologically Significant marine Areas and other priority areas determined through systematic conservation planning methods), as well as to broaden the range of governance types to include those conserved privately or by indigenous peoples and local communities, and to track outcomes.
  2. While there are areas of overlap, including all areas of importance for ecosystem services on top of biodiversity will require considerably more space than current targets; spatial planning should be used to direct policies and practices to safeguard, buffer, connect and maintain biodiversity and the essential ecosystem functions and services that sustain human livelihoods and planetary health.
  3. The spatial requirements to conserve the most important areas for biodiversity and ecosystem services are much greater than the current minimum targets under Aichi Target 11, but require a more integrated strategy on space for nature, that incorporates other area-based Aichi Targets and recognises that the achievement of a range other targets focused on sustainable consumption and production – including those under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other conventions and policy processes - is key to reducing the threats to and impacts on space for nature.
  4. The mobilisation of financial and other resources, and inclusivity and equitability, are also key.
  5. Despite some of the apparently diverging perspectives arising from the scientific literature, public opinion surveys and campaigns, a common ground emerged upon which to start to build an optimal framework and a transformative plan on area-based conservation that can be implemented from global to local scales.

Further details of the symposium and its key messages can be found in information document SBSSTA-22-INF36-EN:

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