German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Further Guidance for OECMs

Further Guidance for OECMs

Photo: Harry Jonas

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 17 June 2019: The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Task Force on Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures hosted its 4th meeting of experts on Vilm Island (Germany) from 11-15 June 2019. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany (BfN).

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed a definition and guiding principles for identification of 'other effective area-based conservation measures' (OECMs) at the 14th Conference of the Parties (2018). The Task Force is currently finalizing a Technical Report for Recognising and Reporting Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures. State agencies and other entities and organisations are now starting to assess the extent of their potential OECMs and to begin to recognize and report them.

The workshop had the following overarching aim: Enhance the identification, assessment, creation and recognition, reporting, support and monitoring of OECMs. Towards this aim, 23 participants from 15 countries:

1. Explored CBD Decision 14/8 and the draft IUCN Technical Report.
2. Shared and discussed examples of potential OECMs within (sub-)national contexts.
3. Provided inputs to a draft OECM Assessment Methodology.
4. Considered capacity development and training needs to further promote recognition and reporting of OECMs.
5. Developed inputs to the WCC and the development of the CBD post-2020 biodiversity framework.

The meeting's major outcome was a fully revised 'OECM Assessment Methodology'.