CBD COP11: CBD facilitates finances for protected areas

CBD COP11 (10/10/2012) – Charles Besançon, co-ordinator of Convention on Biological Diversity’s LifeWeb Initiative, explains the initiative which seeks to ally potential donors with protected areas in need of finance in line with the principles of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity.

Besançon explains that protected areas take a variety of forms, from national parks and reserves with restricted access to those under sustainable use.

Besançon gives examples of what the LifeWeb initiative finances, such as national park managers, law enforcement, research projects and engagement with local communities. He says that some projects also donate directly to local communities acting as stewards for protected areas.

Besançon also discusses LifeWeb’s new initiative, working with the Brazilian government to finance the strengthening of the Brazilian system of protected areas so as to meet the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.