Conservation targets and how much of the world do we need to protect?

For the week of 10 June 2019 

Please Join us Thursday, July 11, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Conservation targets and how much of the world do we need to protect? with Harvey Locke of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force.

What should global conservation targets be beyond 2020? The Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force, appointed by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, is trying to answer this question and is developing a framework for potential use by the Convention on Biological Diversity to help implement post-2020 targets set at the next Conference of the Parties in China. The Three Global Conditions for Biodiversity Conservation Framework proposes to divide the world into three conditions: 1) heavily used areas, 2) intermediate areas, and 3) wild areas. Each of these global conditions requires different conservation and restoration strategies to restore or maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function. The Task Force is currently exploring the applicability of this framework to the world ocean. Dr. Harvey Locke, Chair of the Beyond the Aichi Targets Task Force, will present the results of a global scientific survey on area-based conservation and explore the idea of the Three Global Conditions framework.

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