Information brief

IUCN WCPA Technical Note No. 9: The Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF): Target 3 and the term “Sustainable Development Areas”: A technical brief

At the Open-Ended Working Group 3 (OEWG) negotiations for the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Geneva (March 2022) a new proposal to include “sustainable development areas” was put forward by one Party for inclusion in Target 3 of the GBF. This proposal was to include “sustainable development areas” alongside protected areas and other effective areas-based conservation measures (OECMs). This technical brief reviews the concept of the use of biodiversity and the role of “use” in the GFB targets.