OMEC: Effective recommendations for other effective measures

OMEC: Effective recommendations for other effective measures 1200 1054 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea
The concept of “other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECMs) arises from the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 (Nagoya, 2010), which defines the framework for global action and effective implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and integrates 20 conservation targets (called Aichi Targets) through which member countries commit to protect biodiversity and enhance the services it provides.

In particular, Aichi Target 11 introduces this new concept by recognizing that biodiversity conservation can be achieved through systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, which should be well connected, ecologically representative, and effectively and equitably managed.

A document from the Forum, About Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) reviews the criteria for identifying and applying OMEC and provides recommendations on its use.

Concerned that the environmental, social, political, economic and institutional realities of each country may give a different meaning to the concept of OMEC, the paper reviews the criteria for identifying and implementing these measures, detailing cases where their use would be inappropriate.

Elements of this paper will be presented at IMPAC5, Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress, to be held in Vancouver, Canada, 3-9 February 2023.

Fore more information at IMPAC5: Side event of the Forum, “Trans-boundary Effective Network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Austral South America”, February 4 from 17:30 to 19:00, at the Convention Center.


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