06 August 20
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 regional report series allows for a detailed discussion of the issues relating to protected areas and biodiversity at the regional level. Each region has its own unique character which the reports can explore. The first regional Protected Planet Report- The Asia Protected Planet Report,was published in 2014.
Latin America and Caribbean (2020)
The Latin America and the Caribbean region is home to some of the most biologically rich and diverse areas in the planet. This region has shown a strong commitment towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, included in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Strategic Plan 2011-2020.
In view of the end of the CBD's Strategic Plan 2011-2020, the Latin American Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, other Protected Areas and Wildlife (RedParques), in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, IUCN WCPA, the Integration of Amazon Protected Areas (IAPA) – Amazon Vision project, WWF and the French Development Agency via the Bioconnect project, worked together to elaborate the Latin America and the Caribbean Protected Planet Report 2020. With the contribution of 58 experts, the report assesses progress towards the achievement of elements of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the region, addresses some regional particularities in more detail, and provides key recommendations for stakeholders to move forward whilst encouraging countries to update their data in the WDPA and WD-OECM. The results of the report will help translate the new global biodiversity goals for protected areas into the Latin America and Caribbean context. The report is available in Spanish and will be soon available in English and Portuguese as well.
Asia is the most populous region in the world, with a rich cultural and natural heritage. It includes several megadiverse countries and is home to a number of global biodiversity “hotspots". For centuries, protected areas have been an integral part of Asian landscapes and seascapes and have played a vital role in conserving biodiversity and the ecosystem services on which many communities depend. However, rapid economic development, population growth and an erosion of traditional practices are resulting in habitat loss and degradation. This is putting protected areas in Asia at risk and leading to serious decline in the biodiversity they harbour.
In 2010, governments from around the world, including all countries in Asia, committed to the Convention on Biological Diversity's Strategic Plan for Biodiversity which sets 20 targets to be met by 2020 to conserve biodiversity and ensure its sustainable and equitable use. These are known as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Aichi Target 11 focuses on protected areas, calling for the expansion of protected areas to encompass 17% of terrestrial ecosystems and 10% of marine ecosystems to cover areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services. It also calls for the effective and equitable management of ecologically representative and well-connected networks of protected areas, which are integrated into the wider landscape. These targets and the principles they represent are critical to ensuring that protected areas will continue to deliver on the objectives for which they were established.
This report, published in 2014, assesses progress towards the achievement of elements of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in 24 selected countries in East Asia, South Asia and South-east Asia. These are referred to as the “Asia Region" throughout this report and are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.
Tracking progress towards global targets for protected and conserved areas