The prevalence, characteristics and effectiveness of Aichi Target 11′s “other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECMs) in Key Biodiversity Areas.

December 5, 2019

Paul F. Donald, Graeme M. Buchanan, Andrew Balmford, Heather Bingham, Andrew R. Couturier, Gregorio E. de la Rosa Jr., Paul Gacheru, Sebastian K. Herzog, Girish Jathar, Naomi Kingston, Daniel Marnewick, Golo Maurer, Leeann Reaney, Tatyana Shmygaleva, Sergey Sklyarenko, Candice M.D. Stevens, and Stuart H.M. Butchart. 2019.

A new study has been published regarding Aichi Target 11. Target 11 states the following:

By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape.

The focus of the study below is on “other effective area-based conservation measures” or OECMs. These are areas outside Protected Areas. These OECMs include Ancestral Domains of IPs, Critical Habitats or CH, conservation areas managed by NGOs or other private entities, and others.

The study assessed the prevalence of potential OECMs in 740 terrestrial Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) outside known or mapped protected areas across ten countries. A majority of unprotected KBAs (76.5%) were at least partly covered by one or more potential OECMs.

Read more by downloading the study here.