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Hot off the Press! UNDP and ILCN launch a new report on Privately Protected Areas, analysing status in 30 countries

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Hot off the Press! UNDP and ILCN launch a new report on Privately Protected Areas, analysing status in 30 countries

The United Nations Development Programme and the International Land Conservation Network (a project of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy) have today launched a report entitled, "International Outlook for Privately Protected Areas: Summary Report". You can access the report here for free! 

The Report provides an overview of the status of Privately Protected Areas in 30 countries throughout Latin America, Asia, the Pacific, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Report summarizes the legal, policy, and institutional mechanisms used in these countries to establish and incentivize PPAs. Alongside the mechanisms currently existing in these 30 countries, this study references mechanisms that represent potential opportunities for the recognition or creation of PPAs. Access individual country profiles by clicking on the country of interest here: ArgentinaBelizeBoliviaCambodia,ChileColombiaCosta RicaDemocratic Republic of CongoEcuadorEthiopiaFijiGuatemalaIndiaIndonesiaKazakhstanLebanonLiberiaMalaysiaMongoliaNepalPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesSouth AfricaSri LankaThailandVenezuela, and Vietnam

Well-managed protected areas are key for biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. Protected areas are an essential component of the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets (ABT); the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and other international commitments, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). 

While there has been an increase in the number of areas under protection in the past several years, the world is yet to reach the 17 per cent goal set by Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 by 2020. Reaching ABT 11 and other global biodiversity and protected area targets will require more than state-run protected areas. Privately protected areas (PPAs) represent an alternate governance type that can contribute to the achievement of ABT 11 and the SDGs, among other global goals. PPAs contribute to the achievement of global conservation goals by contributing to landscape-level conservation, connectivity and ecological- representativeness, among others. PPAs constitute an important part of the conservation landscape, as part of a continuum of governance types for protected areas. PPAs also involve additional stakeholders from the private and civic sectors in conservation initiatives.

Of the 30 countries under study in this report:

  • 13 (43 per cent) have identified PPAs in recent National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans;

  • 10 (33 per cent) have defined PPAs as part of their PA network or PA legislation;

  • 12 (40 per cent) have formally defined PPAs in national or provincial legislation on PAs and have established and recognized formal PPAs;

  • 9 (30 per cent) offer a structured tax incentive for landowners who enter into voluntary agreements to conserve their land.

Read more of the analysis here for free! Access the report on the International Land Conservation Network here