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Bundesamt für Naturschutz

OECMs in Europe: The way forward

International Academy for Nature Conservation
Protected areas
International cooperation
Global international agreements
Date, time
20.02.2023 (Mon) 18:30 
24.02.2023 (Fri) 09:00 
International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm
IUCN WCPA Europe, IUCN WCPA OECM Specialist Group, IUCN Europe and German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Erika Stanciu (WCPA), Kathy MacKinnon (WCPA-OECM), Boris Erg (IUCN), Gisela Stolpe (German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation)
Target group
European experts in charge of implementing OECMs from national authorities, NGOs, the European Commission and the European Environmental Agency
Event language

The workshop will discuss the role and potential of OECMs in Europe for meeting the new are-based targets of the Convention on Biodiversity. It will also familiarise participants with the concepts, methodologies and relevant tools. Participants shall understand what OECMs are, learn how OECMs could contribute to reaching the new area targets, reflect on the wider benefits of OECMs for conservation in Europe, learn from existing OECMs by analyzing some case studies, learn about the process of identifying, recognising and reporting OECMs and discuss needs and opportunities for making progress on OECMs.

The workshop will be based on existing guidance material such as the CBD definition and CBD criteria for OECMs, IUCN/WCPA guidance on Recognising and Reporting OECMs and the WCPA OECM assessment tool to help determine whether potential areas of important biodiversity meet the criteria of OECMs.

Contact at BfN for technical issues

Gisela Stolpe
Diploma in Biology, M.Sc. Rural and Regional Resources Planning
Head of the International Academy for Nature Conservation
+49 38301 86-113

Contact at BfN for organisational issues

Martina Finger
State-certified technical assistant on environmental protection
Office administrator
+49 38301 86-112
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