Why the conservation hierarchy
Delivering the CBD Post-2020 agenda
While it has not been decided precisely what the post-2020 Framework will look like, momentum is building towards the idea of an ‘Apex’ target, supported by a conceptual framework that links outcomes, actions and enabling conditions.
Ensuring the CBD Post-2020 Framework has a suitable delivery mechanism will be a critical facet of ensuring the framework is implemented once it has been enacted, in order to achieve the apex target.
Such a mechanism involves not only having a clear articulation of required outcome targets at the global scale, but a roadmap for how they will be achieved, and the actions necessary to achieve them. This requires biodiversity to be mainstreamed across sectors, which is seen as a priority by the CBD.
We believe that the conservation hierarchy can meet these needs because it is:
The Conservation Hierarchy is a process which helps to guide different actors to determine the most effective and appropriate actions they can take towards an overarching goal for nature, regardless of the high level target which has been set. It is ultimately concerned with ensuring the right actions are undertaken to create desired biodiversity outcomes.
The Conservation Hierarchy provides a clear framework to ensure transparency around biodiversity commitments, and demonstration of how they contribute towards overall goals. It also focuses on measurable targets and monitoring of actions to assess progress towards goals.
Overall the Conservation Hierarchy could be a powerful approach for delivering the CBD’s post-2020 framework, enabling countries and stakeholders to organise knowledge, foster mainstreaming, aggregate actions and monitor progress towards the post-2020 Framework and apex target.