CBD Events

CBD Side Event: Making OECMs Work: Production Landscapes for Effective Area-based Conservation


Date: 24 March, 2022

Time: 13:15 Geneva

UNU-IAS, host of the IPSI Secretariat, will co-organise a side event at the March 2022 meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on the potential contributions of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) to the designation and management of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). 
This event will present updates on the OECM process from various perspectives and provide an opportunity for discussion and input on the new project and needs and priorities for ongoing and future work.

The event is organised in partnership with Conservation International, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


OECMs are a powerful tool for expanding effective area-based conservation beyond strictly designated protected areas and ensuring that a much broader area is covered by biodiversity-friendly spatial planning. Humans and their production activities are expected to play a larger role in OECMs, and it is therefore important to promote nature-positive approaches to achieve harmonious human-nature relationships. 

To contribute to the OECM policy process, UNU-IAS and Conservation International initiated a project to collect information and ideas from their years of experience working with landscape management and apply lessons learned to OECM designation and implementation.


This event will take place on-site at the Geneva meetings and online. To participate online please use the Zoom link with the password 913261.  Registration in advance is not required.


This event will be conducted in English.


(Subject to change. All times are in CET.) 

13:15 Opening Remarks 

13:20 – 13:30 Presentation on “Making OECMs Work: Production Landscapes for Effective Area-based Conservation” 

13:30 – 13:50 Panel discussion 

13:50 – 14:20 Q&A and open consultations 

14:20 -14:30 Wrap up