Dynamics of the Conservation Estate (DyCE)

Examining protected area coverage and effectiveness

Dynamics of the Conservation Estate

Protected areas – national parks, nature reserves, community conserved areas and so on, are in constant flux, being downsized, abolished or established, with social and economic consequences.

In response, the Dynamics of the Conservation Estate (DyCE) a Luc Hoffmann Institute project, sought to understand these protected area dynamics. The project specifically aimed to evaluate the coverage, effectiveness and ecosystem service supply within state, private and community managed protected areas in the Miombo Woodlands ecoregion of southern Africa – one of WWF’s priority places.

The goal was to elucidate whether existing areas are functioning properly, what conservation values they fulfil, and the extent to which they can benefit species and people alike.

The project focused on temporal methodology to measure global protected area growth, providing a more accurate and novel understanding of protected area evolution. This methodology shows that protected area growth outweighs loss, can be used to check protected area status over time, and to determine if countries are on track to achieve the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11 (protected areas increased and improved).

A thorough report on the Miombo ecoregion was produced, highlighting the importance of understanding protected area dynamics for landscape-level conservation in a tightly connected socio-ecological system.

The project also produced an assessment of key protected area management tools, focussing on the  effectiveness, social aspects, governance and equity issues of protected areas, that can be used by protected area managers around the world.

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Chris JohnsonDynamics of the Conservation Estate