Overview of UN Environment-led Initiative
Biodiversity and ecosystem services are distributed globally and extend beyond geopolitical boundaries. As a result there is growing recognition of the need for connected conservation areas that provide a fundamental contribution to maintaining the ecological integrity of protected areas and the habitats and species they conserve. These areas exist across terrestrial areas; in air space as air migratory routes (flyways); along and within freshwater rivers; across lakes and estuaries; and in marine environments.
The project is divided into three phases:
Phase 1: Creation of global information hub
The project will collate information on existing connectivity conservation initiatives at varying scales into a global information hub containing:
A Global Connectivity Conservation Database, comprising of basic attributes including spatial information on known connectivity initiatives but will be linked to the World Database on Protected Areas.
A map of connectivity conservation areas that will inform a global analysis of potential areas for scaling up connectivity conservation at the landscape and seascape scale.
A resource library holding information on methods for modelling connectivity; case studies and best practice in connectivity conservation management; and policy and legal instruments.
Phase 2: Analysis and development of practical guidelines
The global information hub will be used to:
Analyse relevant policies, legislation and instruments.
Produce practical guidance material to support the recognition, establishment, and implementation of connectivity conservation areas to conserve large, functioning ecological landscapes and seascapes.
Phase 3: Scale up implementation
Working in collaboration and building on existing efforts, this initiative will provide:
Technical support for decision makers and other stakeholders in priority areas to establish connectivity conservation areas.
Capacity building for decision makers and stakeholders in pilot sites to facilitate the management of connectivity conservation areas.
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