Connectivity Conservation

Large natural areas are increasingly isolated, within a matrix of human-dominated landscapes and seascapes. This isolation affects the movement of species and the flow of ecological processes necessary for the provision of ecosystem services that are essential for human well-being. Connectivity is a concept that recognizes that habitats and species function best as part of a large, interconnected network that is maintained and protected for nature by involving people. Therefore connections to the wider semi-natural and natural landscapes are an essential feature for many protected areas.

Project Overview

UNEP have recently committed to the development of a Connectivity Conservation Strategy. This strategy will assist countries and regions to integrate connectivity considerations into national land-use and seascape planning processes in line with their commitments towards the achievement of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, notably Aichi Targets 5, 11, 12, 14 and 15. To achieve this, the initiative seeks to build upon on-going connectivity conservation work to promote an understanding of the priorities for connectivity and provide guidance to scale-up the use of connectivity as a conservation tool.

To achieve this goal UNEP will:

  1. Provide and deliver knowledge products on connectivity conservation to national governments, NGO's and other stakeholder, as a mechanism for strengthening biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision;
  2. Provide policy and legislative tools and guidance to UNEP member countries for establishing connectivity conservation initiatives based on the identification of best practice cases and lessons learned;
  3. Provide technical and capacity support for the establishment and/or maintenance of pilot connectivity conservation initiatives based on UNEP's Global Connectivity Conservation Strategy.

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Draft IUCN WCPA guidelines on "Areas of Connectivity Conservation"

In May 2016, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas released Draft Guidelines for defining Areas of Connectivity Conservation (ACCs) for comment and feedback.The draft Guidelines also recognise different types of ACCs, present selection criteria for identifying these area, and describe the governance of ACCs.The Final Guidelines will assist with the recognition and spatial delineation of ACCs globally. IUCN WCPA is seeking written comments on these Draft Guidelines as a basis for their improvement and finalisation.Your comments would be very welcome.

Written comments can be provided to Dr Graeme L. Worboys ([email protected]).
Final date for the receipt of written comments: 1st September 2017
Comments should be brief, and to assist, they should also include suggested text improvements

The draft guidelines are available to download here.

1) A brief introduction to the Guidelines:ACC Guidelines Protected Planet Information

2) Where to send comments to and by when:ACC Guidelines Protected Planet Comments To