Achieving All Aspects of Aichi Target 11 & Canada’s Biodiversity Target 1 – How Will We Know We’ve Achieved Our Goals?

Delta Fredericton – Fredericton, New Brunswick
February 22-26, 2016

Overview of Workshop

The workshop will focus on global state-of-the art tracking of and reporting on the qualitative elements to which Canada agreed as part of Aichi Target 11 and that are fundamental to Canada`s Target 1. Through presentations and discussions, the CCEA will discuss a process to measure if protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures are including areas:

of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services;
that are ecologically representative;
that are effectively and equitably managed to achieve biodiversity conservation; and
that are well connected and integrated within wider landscapes and seascapes.
Experts will present on the scientific basis and need for these qualitative elements to ensure the conservation of biodiversity. Jurisdictional representatives will also be asked to share how they currently look at and measure progress towards these elements of the targets.

Together, workshop participants will develop science-based guidance on how Canada as a whole should track these elements, and what steps the CCEA should take to incorporate these aspects into national reporting, potentially through the already established Conservation Areas Reporting and Tracking System (CARTS).

The workshop will also be used to de-brief on the pilot voluntary peer-review process for case studies to be incorporated into the Canadian Guidebook for the Application and Reporting of IUCN Protected Area Categories and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures. Furthermore, it will provide an opportunity for workshop participants to bring forward areas on which they would like feedback from their counterparts across the country.

Based on the feedback from previous CCEA workshops, the CCEA board has been involved internationally on the development of a definition and guidance for ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’. CCEA representatives will report and seek feedback from workshop participation on these ongoing discussions.

The workshop will be a unique opportunity for conservation experts to come together and develop solutions for achieving Aichi Target 11 and Canada’s Target 1 in all respects. Workshop participants will include experts from Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial protected area and conservation agencies, from international agencies, scientists, land stewardship experts, experts in Aboriginal and community land-use planning, and national non-governmental conservation experts.