1196 - GPAP/UNEP-WCMC: Our Protected Planet: Celebrating progress on global protected area targets
Protected Planet Pavillon 19:00-21:00
Protected areas have for centuries been a tried and tested method for the conservation of nature. Today we know that well-managed protected areas lead not only to healthy ecosystems and refuge to threatened species, but also provide multiple benefits to people, including a wide range of services such as clean water provision, food security, climate regulation, disaster risk reduction and additional services. This event will look at progress and celebrate success in protected areas through the launch of the inaugural Protected Planet Report. The Protected Planet report, a collaboration between IUCN and UNEP-WCMC with additional partners, looks at the state of protected areas in 2012, including their management, governance, financing and biodiversity outcomes. It measures progress against the CBD’s Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which calls for at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas, and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas to be effectively protected by 2020.
The evening’s events will include a handing over the first Protected Planet Report to IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre, as well as some words from the report’s partners and principals on why the Protected Planet report is an important overview of the contribution of protected areas to biodiversity conservation now and into the future. The Protected Planet quiz will test the audience’s protected areas knowledge, and the Protected Planet challenge will encourage those in attendance to register for Protected Planet at the Pavilion, and get as many of their friends and colleagues to sign up as well. The Protected Planet website, featuring the World Database on Protected Areas, will be demonstrated. Participants will also get an inside look at the status of Protected Areas around the world through a demonstration on the Pufferfish Protected Planet lighted globe, which will illuminate the Pavilion throughout the evening.