Canada and aichi biodiversity target 11: Understanding ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ in the context of the broader target.

Canada and Aichi biodiversity target 11: Understanding ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ in the context of the broader targets

MacKinnon, D., Lemieux, C. J., Beazley, K., Woodley, S., Helie, R., Perron, J., Elliott, J., Haas, C., Langlois, J., Lazaruk, H., Beechey, T., & Gray, P.

First Published Mar, 2021

https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-015-1018-1

A renewed global agenda to address biodiversity loss was sanctioned by adoption of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets in 2010 by Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. However, Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 contained a significant policy and reporting challenge, conceding that both protected areas (PAs) and ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ (OEABCMs) could be used to meet national targets of protecting 17 and 10 % of terrestrial and marine areas, respectively. We report on a consensus-based approach used to (1) operationalize OEABCMs in the Canadian context and (2) develop a decision-screening tool to assess sites for inclusion in Canada’s Aichi Target 11 commitment. Participants in workshops determined that for OEABCMs to be effective, they must share a core set of traits with PAs, consistent with the intent of Target 11. (1) Criteria for inclusion of OEABCMs in the Target 11 commitment should be consistent with the overall intent of PAs, with the exception that they may be governed by regimes not previously recognized by reporting agencies. (2) These areas should have an expressed objective to conserve nature, be long-term, generate effective nature conservation outcomes, and have governance regimes that ensure effective management. A decision-screening tool was developed that can reduce the risk that areas with limited conservation value are included in national accounting. The findings are relevant to jurisdictions where the debate on what can count is distracting Parties to the Convention from reaching conservation goals.

Citation Details

MacKinnon, D., Lemieux, C. J., Beazley, K., Woodley, S., Helie, R., Perron, J., Elliott, J., Haas, C., Langlois, J., Lazaruk, H., Beechey, T., & Gray, P. (2015). Canada and aichi biodiversity target 11: Understanding ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’ in the context of the broader target. Biodiversity and Conservation, 24(14), 3559-3581. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-015-1018-1

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Helping Canadians Establish and Manage Protected Ecological Areas: Forty Years of the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas

The above was presented at the February 22 – 25, 2022 Research eSummit.

Ce qui précède a été présenté au eSommet de Recherche du 22 au 25 février 2022.

(résumé et vidéo en français ci-dessous)

ABSTRACT

The Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA) has been a lead player in working with key federal departments and all provinces and territories, Indigenous governments, non-governmental organizations, and the academic community on developing a comprehensive nationwide network of protected areas representative of the Canada’s marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems.

A hallmark of CCEA’s work over its first 40 years has been its adoption of an evidence-based approach, engaging researchers and the wider community of practice in this pursuit. CCEA’s products and influence has been wide ranging, providing guidance including the development of standards for protection, guidance on effective management, tracking and reporting progress nationwide and in international circles, and many other contributions. This presentation summarizes the hallmark work of the CCEA and will introduce you to new guidance that will be released in 2022 including:

  1. an update to our cornerstone publication on IUCN Protected Areas Categories in a Canadian context, with the addition of guidance on governance types;
  2. an assessment of conservation effectiveness of mechanisms for managing subsurface resources; and
  3. best practices in the incorporation of climate change into protected area management planning. It will also describe a major shift to broaden the scope and breath of the CCEA membership structure and will encourage you to be part of the next 40 years of the CCEA.

ABSTRACT

Le Conseil canadien des aires écologiques (CCAE) a joué un rôle de premier plan dans la collaboration avec les principaux ministères fédéraux, toutes les provinces et tous les territoires, les gouvernements autochtones, les organisations non gouvernementales et la communauté universitaire en vue de développer un réseau national complet d’aires protégées représentatives des écosystèmes marins, terrestres et d’eau douce du Canada.

L’une des caractéristiques du travail du CCAE au cours de ses 40 premières années d’existence a été l’adoption d’une approche fondée sur des données probantes, impliquant les chercheurs et l’ensemble de la communauté de pratique dans cette quête. Les produits et l’influence du CCAE ont été très diversifiés, fournissant des conseils, y compris l’élaboration de normes de protection, des conseils sur la gestion efficace, le suivi et la communication des progrès à l’échelle nationale et internationale, et bien d’autres contributions. Cette présentation résume les travaux marquants du CCAE et vous présentera les nouvelles orientations qui seront publiées en 2022, notamment :

une mise à jour de notre publication phare sur les catégories d’aires protégées de l’UICN dans un contexte canadien, avec l’ajout de conseils sur les types de gouvernance ;
une évaluation de l’efficacité de conservation des mécanismes de gestion des ressources souterraines ; et
les meilleures pratiques en matière d’intégration du changement climatique dans la planification de la gestion des aires protégées. Il décrira également un changement majeur visant à élargir la portée et le souffle de la structure des membres du CCAE et vous encouragera à faire partie des 40 prochaines années du CCAE.