ASEAN on track in terrestrial biodiversity, works on other targets
The ASEAN region remains on track in meeting its target coverage for terrestrial areas while it continues to work on other priority areas, a statement showed.
In one of the sessions of the 6th ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Biodiversity Information Management Unit Director Sheila Vergara shared how the ASEAN is faring in achieving the Aichi Target 11.
Aichi Target 11 calls for the conservation of “at least 17 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 percent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape.”
The target is one of the 20 targets the world has committed to meet through the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its strategic plan.
Vergara said based on the data gathered from ASEAN Member States, the region has placed 16 percent of its terrestrial areas and 3.54 percent of its marine areas under protection.
“With other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) added, ASEAN would reach the target for terrestrial protected areas,” Vergara said.
The CBD defines OECM as “a geographically defined area other than a Protected Area, which is governed and managed in ways that achieve positive and sustained long-term outcomes for the in situ conservation of biodiversity, with associated ecosystem services.”
She added that ASEAN must direct efforts to increase the coverage and improve governance of marine protected areas.