06 August 20
A decade of pioneering research
In 2010, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2010-2020 and its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. It has since been endorsed by multiple Multilateral Environmental Agreements as a global framework for biodiversity. In 2015, the members of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These constitute two of the most important environment and sustainable development commitments ever made by governments in the international fora, and both recognize the important role of protected areas as a key strategy for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the targets they contain, for example, Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, SDG goals 14 and 15. The global protected areas estate is therefore an important contribution to achieving these commitments.
The Protected Planet Report series helps track international progress towards achieving global biodiversity targets- notably Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 and the Sustainable Development Goals as well as focusing on key aspects relating to protected areas and biodiversity. The series includes reports that the cover the Global, Regional and National level.
The Protected Planet series, launched in 2012, helps track international progress towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 a target for the global protected area network and for other elated targets. One of the key messages of the 2012 Protected Planet Report was to better understand and to attain a more complete ovierview of each element of Target 11.
The Protected Planet series continues with the 2014 Protected Planet Report. The Protected Planet Report 2014 follows the recommendation of the Protected Planet Report 2012 to provide a more complete overview of each of these elements of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11. Chapters summarise current knowledge and progress towards achieving each element of the target, and provide further guidance for implementation.
The Protected Planet Report 2016 assesses how protected areas contribute to achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and highlights current research and case studies as examples of the role protected areas play in conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage.
The Protected Planet Report 2018 represented the first of the series to be produced in both physical and digital formats. The report has also been unique in that it has been updated each month since 2018, keeping it 'live' and up-to-date unlike any other report previously. Protected Planet 'Live' can be accessed here.
The Protected Planet Report 2020 will be the first in the series to be entirely digital in format. The report is yet to be released due to the delays caused by COVID-19. The report will represent the fifth and final installment in this decade's narrative.
Tracking progress towards global targets for protected areas