|Languages: EN FR SP||Estimated effort: 2 hours/all course requirements|
|Course type: Self-paced e-learning module||Partners: UNDP, CBD|
Comprehensive and representative protected area networks are generally regarded as the cornerstone of any conservation strategy. However, many protected area systems around the world have been developed in an ad hoc manner. The result is that protected area networks typically over represent certain ecosystems, such as mountains and deserts, and under represent other areas, such as grasslands, riparian areas and lowland forests.
In order for a protected area network to fully capture the range of biodiversity, and to provide the services we depend upon, it must be truly comprehensive and representative. The primary means of ensuring that a protected area network is comprehensive and representative is to conduct an ecological gap assessment.
This module aims to provide you with an overview of the process for assessing and strengthening protected area networks, including conducting an ecological gap assessment.
Course Completion Requirements
Please note that the online lessons and the course survey are required to receive the course certificate.