Why the Conservation Hierarchy?


The conservation hierarchy can MAINSTREAM biodiversity and create THE STEP CHANGE nature needs

Efforts to conserve biodiversity comprise a patchwork of international goals, national-level plans, and local interventions that, overall, are failing. The conservation hierarchy could provide the step change needed to integrate the multiple elements of conservation goals and interventions to achieve successful biodiversity outcomes.

The current global strategic framework for nature conservation (the Aichi Targets (CBD 2010)) suffered from several difficulties

  • Wording of targets made it difficult to stimulate and monitor progress
  • Indicators and targets were poorly aligned
  • It was unclear how national contributions, through NBSAPs, scaled up to global outcomes
  • Parties struggled with how to implement so many targets, which were a mixture of outcomes and actions

A new framework is required to drive transformative change for the Post-2020 agenda which can:

  • Act as a universal framework for action on biodiversity, linking different elements  (e.g. outcomes, actions and enabling conditions) towards an ‘apex’ target which is aspirational and measurable
  • Foster strong ownership and support concrete actions and contributions for its implementation by all stakeholders
  • Support the strengthening of National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plans (NBSAPs) as the main instrument for implementing the CBD and post-2020 framework.
  • Focus on implementation, with an effective monitoring and review process to improve transparency, accountability and compliance
  • Have a coherent and comprehensive communication and outreach plan to promote awareness of, and effective engagement in its implementation. This plan should encourage societal engagement and reach beyond the biodiversity community.
  • Mainstream biodiversity – across all sectors and in to every stage of policy development, planning and project cycles – regardless whether international organizations, businesses or governments lead the process.

We believe the Conservation Hierarchy can meet these needs, and help to deliver the CBD Post-2020 agenda.