Evaluating the effective and equitable outcomes of coral reef conservation to meet international biodiversity goals

International momentum is building to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 under the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which calls for “effectively and equitably managed” areas. However, key research gaps remain in how on-the-ground conservation can lead to win-wins for people and nature, where management areas are both ecologically effective for biodiversity and equitable for local communities. In partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, this project will engage natural scientists, social scientists and conservation practitioners using an existing dataset of social and ecological monitoring of managed areas in 7 countries. Our findings will provide a better understanding of how and when managed areas can ensure effective and equitable conservation outcomes to inform Canada’s support for and implementation of our own biodiversity and conservation targets.

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Avery Schwarz;Julia Briand;Sarah Harper
Faculty Supervisor: 
Natalie Ban;Marie-Josée Fortin;Jennifer Sunday
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BC/ON/QC
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