Mapping Nature for People and Planet in South Africa: Second consultation

How can we use spatial data to identify critical areas where nature-based actions can address national biodiversity, climate and sustainable development priorities? In this second international virtual consultation, policy makers and spatial data experts from South Africa will work with an international team to explore the science behind mapping Essential Life Support Areas (ELSAs) mapping and co-create the final ELSA map for the country.

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15, 16 and 23 of November, 2021

Three to four-hour sessions

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Language: English
Type: Virtual consultation

Consultation summary

We are pleased to welcome you to this consultation. This virtual meeting room will allow you to: 

  • Download the background information and key documents for the consultation 
  • Access the link to join all sessions in Zoom  
  • View video recordings of each session  
  • Dialogue with other participants through the forum  
  • Continuing discussions and peer-to-peer exchanges after the consultation  

We will meet throughout the virtual consultation using Zoom. All sessions will take place on the same link. Click here to participate in the consultation.

Consultation objectives

  • Review the project vision and the findings from the first consultation and subsequent data collection process 
  • Overview of Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP), the science behind the project 
  • Weight – or rank the importance of – collected data sets on biodiversity, climate change, and human well-being 
  • Co-create and iterate upon South Africa’s ELSA map via the country’s ELSA webtool Discuss results of the analysis, potential application, and next steps 

Important documents


ELSAA Webtool User Guide


Science Brief


Consultation agenda


Report on the Second Project Consultation 'Mapping Nature for People and Planet'

Report from the first consultation


Webpage from the first consultation 

Applications discussion document

Content of the consultation

We will meet throughout the virtual consultation using Zoom. All sessions will take place at the same link. Click here to participate in the sessions.


Additional training on Systematic Conservation Planning

We are excited to share a customized technical training on Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP) for South Africa. This optional additional training aims to provide an introduction to SCP, and explain clearly how SCP is used as part of the ELSA analysis . No previous experience in SCP is needed.

The training is developed by UNDP and PacMARA (Pacific Marine Analysis and Research Association). PacMARA is a Canadian charitable organization based in Victoria, British Columbia, of science and planning professionals dedicated to building and increasing capacity in marine and coastal planning in Canada and internationally.

The training focuses on :

  • Introduction to Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP)
  • Decision support tools for SCP
  • Elements of the ELSA process
  • Spatial data for mapping ELSAs
  • Interpreting and communicating results

We will be generating a Certificate of Completion for learners who:

  1. Watch all the videos entirely, AND
  2. Answer the quizzes in each session correctly

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