Broadscale conservation

The international standards for identification of Key Biodiversity Areas were published by IUCN in late 2016; Nigel was a member of the editorial board. As follow up, we are involved in an IUCN project to develop principles for use of KBAs and guidance for companies and others operating within KBAs, which should be completed during 2017.

We are both involved in an IUCN task force working on guidance for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on the definition of “other effective area-based conservation measures”, the ‘additional’ part of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which emerged from CBD negotiations and has puzzled people ever since.

We also published a short paper describing elements of a landscape approach with WWF late in 2016.

Protected areas

We continue to work with WWF on CA|TS (Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards). Over 50 sites have now signed up for the process. Our work involves helping sites implement CA|TS, developing systems for managing CA|TS, outreach and overseeing the CA|TS Executive Committee. Earlier in 2017 the CA|TS Support Group was established and the next planned event is a major training programme for National Committees across the tiger range to be held in Bogor in the autumn of 2017.

Working for WWF UK, we assessed fifteen years experience in using the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool in over 2,500 protected areas and produced an analysis and lessons learned in the METT Handbook, published at the World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i. We are also working with the IUCN National Committee for the UK on developing an options paper for a management effectiveness assessment of protected areas in the UK.

In collaboration with the Luc Hoffmann Institute, CSIRO and the Australian National University, we are involved in a project on ecosystem based adaptation, looking particularly at the role that future thinking with respect to climate change, with field sites in Colombia and three trips to the country during the year.

Nigel is currently chairing a specialist group on Natural Solutions for IUCN WCPA. The work of the specialist group is building on a successful stream on ecosystem services at the World Parks Congress in 2014. A website has been developed and several other publications have been produced and others are planned. Sue is the deputy chair of the Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship Specialist group. The group is currently leading the development of best practices in privately protected areas, and held a workshop on the Island of Vilm earlier in the summer to start the development process.

Society and Environment

A focus for much of Nigel's work in the first half of 2017 was on working with the the UN Convention to Combat Desertification to co-author of the first Global Land Outlook, a major report on the status of land resources throughout the world.