Why now?


Grassroots momentum

Yet if you zoom in from the big picture trends, there are reasons for conservation optimism. There is a mosaic of inspiring stories of conservation success across the globe, with people taking positive action to value, protect, nurture and regenerate nature. Increasingly:

  • Governments are actively seeking more systematic and understandable process for achieving biodiversity outcomes.
  • Businesses are actively seeking opportunities to change their operations and business models to limit their negative impacts on nature.
  • Individual members of the public are taking to the streets to make a stand for nature and actively seeking opportunities to alter their lifestyle choices to benefit nature.

…a new global framework for biodiversity
At the same time, there is an opportunity for transformative change at a global level during the negotiation of the CBDs post-2020 framework, which is currently taking place through a series of international governmental and non-governmental meetings.

Through this process we can build on grassroots momentum, learn from the findings of IPBES and reflect on the challenges of the Aichi targets to create an ambitious but achievable post-2020 strategy for nature. If adopted now, as part of the CBD’s post-2020 framework, the conservation hierarchy could provide an approach for uniting a patchwork of actions and commitments to create positive, transformative change at scale, and deliver net positive outcomes for nature and people.

A key determinant of the success of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is how it is actually implemented once it has been enacted. We believe that the Conservation Hierarchy could provide a powerful approach supporting countries and other actors to organise actions within a consistent framework, so that actions can be aggregated across scales and sectors, monitored and evaluated, and the resultant progress towards the outcome and apex targets assessed.

The Conservation Hierarchy can work with the structure of the CBD to ensure that biodiversity targets are met. It can help to articulate clear, achievable outcome targets, a roadmap for how they will be achieved and the actions necessary to achieve them.

Our specific case studies go into more detail about how the Conservation Hierarchy can be used by different entities in a way that ensures positive action is directed to achieving global goals. Find more information for…

  • Businesses
  • Governments
  • Individuals
  • Etc