Policy Guidelines on Governance and Ecosystem Management for Biodiversity Conservation

23 April 2008 | Downloads - publication

The project GEM-CON-BIO (Governance and ecosystems management for the conservation of biodiversity) explored the interactions between different methods for the management, ownership and use of natural resources currently employed in Europe and globally to identify which processes and institutions can best contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.

The resulting policy guidelines indicate that a diverse mix of governance structures is conducive to saving biodiversity; that not only rules, but also ownership and leadership determine success; that ecosystem management needs to target the whole system and that communication can help to ensure participation in and ultimately effectiveness of the measures.

The policy guidelines were jointly written by Riccardo Simoncini (IUCN Regional Office for Europe), Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend (Cenesta) and Barbara Lassen (IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)).