Making OECMs Work: Production Landscapes for Effective Area-Based Conservation

An online expert dialogue will be held on a landscape approach to area-based conservation of biodiversity.

- Asia/Tokyo

This online expert dialogue will provide insights from experts on how a landscape approach can contribute to area-based conservation of biodiversity. It will focus on designation and management of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) — areas that are achieving conservation of biodiversity outside of protected areas.

The event will include environmental, sustainable developmental, cultural, and economic perspectives, providing background information and convening a panel discussion with input from audience members. The goal is to contribute to the designation and management of OECMs where human production activities and the natural environment support each other, and people truly live in harmony with nature.


In the context of developing the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Parties and governing bodies of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are creating a mechanism for designation and implementation of OECMs. OECMs will complement existing systems of protected areas and ensure that these are “integrated into the wider landscapes and seascapes”, as first prescribed in Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020. They will play an important role in Parties achieving the goal of protecting 30% of the Earth’s surface by 2030.


22:05 Introducing OECMs

  • Harry Jonas (IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on OECMs)

22:15 OECMs and Socio-ecological Production Landscape Approaches

  • William Dunbar (Conservation International)

22:25 OECM Designation under the COMDEKS Project

  • Terence Hay-Edie and Clara Matallana (UNDP)

22:35 Breakout group discussions

  • Trade and supply-chain issues for biodiversity-positive OECMs

    (moderated by Ivana Padierna, UNCTAD BioTrade)

  • Cultural aspects of OECM designation and management

    (moderated by Meriem Bouamrane, UNESCO)

  • Community engagement and participation in OECMs                                                                  (moderated by Nina Marshall, CEPF)

23:20 Conclusions and wrap-up

Further information is available in the event programme.


To participate in this webinar please register in advance.


Please note that this event will be conducted in English, with no interpretation provided.


The event is co-organised by Conservation International (CI) and UNU-IAS.

To contribute to the OECM policy process, CI and UNU-IAS initiated a project to collect information and ideas from their years of experience working with landscape management and apply lessons learned to OECM designation and implementation. The project’s focus is on how harmonious human–nature relationships can lead to long-term biodiversity outcomes in nature-positive landscapes and seascapes, and thus enable effective OECMs.

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