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Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

The Moore Center for Science at Conservation International is one of the world’s premier conservation research institutes, producing and applying groundbreaking and policy-relevant research to help decision-makers protect nature. To date, Conservation International has published more than 1,100 peer-reviewed articles, many in leading journals including Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

On average, each of our scientific papers is cited more than 45 times by other scholars — a rate exceeding that of any other U.S. conservation organization as well as leading universities.

Here is an archive of our most recent research.

Equitable and Effective Area‐Based Conservation: Towards the Conserved Areas Paradigm

Harry D. Jonas, Gabby N. Ahmadia, Heather C. Bingham, Johnny Briggs, Stuart H.M. Butchart, Joji Cariño, Olivier Chassot, Sunita Chaudhary, Emily Darling, Alfred DeGemmis, Nigel Dudley, Julia E. Fa, James Fitzsimons, Stephen Garnett, Jonas Geldmann, Rachel Golden Kroner, Georgina G. Gurney, Alexandra R. Harrington, Amber Himes-Cornell, Marc Hockings, Holly C. Jonas, Stacy Jupiter, Naomi Kingston, tebrakunna country and Lee E., Susan Lieberman, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Daniel Marnewick, Clara L. Matallana-Tobón, Sean L. Maxwell, Fred Nelson, Jeffrey Parrish, Ravaka Ranaivoson, Madhu Rao, Marcela Santamaría, Oscar Venter, Piero Visconti, John Waithaka, Kristen Walker Painemilla, James E.M. Watson and Christine von Weizsäcker

PARKS, 27.1

June 03, 2021

In 2018, the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a decision on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). It contains the definition of an OECM and related scientific and technical advice that has broadened the scope of governance authorities and areas that can be engaged and recognised in global conservation efforts. The voluntary guidance on OECMs and protected areas, also included in the decision, promotes the use of diverse, effective and equitable governance models, the integration of protected areas and OECMs into wider landscapes and seascapes, and mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation across sectors. Taken as a whole, the advice and voluntary guidance provides further clarity about the CBD Parties’ understanding of what constitutes equitable and effective area-based conservation measures within and beyond protected areas and provides standardised criteria with which to measure and report areas’ attributes and performance. This policy perspective suggests that this CBD decision represents further evidence of the evolution from the ‘new paradigm for protected areas’ to a broader ‘conserved areas paradigm’ that embodies good governance, equity and effective conservation outcomes and is inclusive of a diversity of contributions to conservation within and beyond protected areas.

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