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Delivering on CBD commitments
Now in its fifth year, the Protected Areas for a Living Planet (PA4LP) project has helped governments deliver spectacular results in meeting their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Success through Partnerships

A collaboration of the Swiss-based MAVA Foundation and WWF, PA4LP leverages WWF's institutional knowledge to support on-the-ground implementation of the CBD. Working in five transboundary ecoregions in Africa, Asia and Europe, it has helped 25 governments strengthen their national protected area networks. PA4LP support has enabled the establishment of new protected areas (PAs), the creation of management plans of existing PAs, the drafting of legislation to coordinate efforts between countries on CBD targets, and much more.

PA4LP's success stems from strong partnerships between governments, civil society, international organizations and local community organizations. Through partnerships and transboundary cooperation, international CBD decisions are implemented on the ground, at regional, national and local levels. Lessons learned and expertise gained on the ground help inform CBD decisions on biodiversity. 

Regional level activities have triggered wider CBD implementation at national level. For example, even though the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion covers a relatively small part of Mongolia and the Russian Federation, activities there have initiated and supported work that is strengthening protected areas across the whole national territory of both countries.

PA4LP Approach as a Global Model

The PA4LP approach is now seen as a model, and has been taken up in other regions of the world: in 2009 Redparques, CBD, IUCN and WWF agreed to work together to support government initiatives in the Amazon. See the recent Review of PoWPA implementation in the Amazon Biome here.

WWF is working with partners to continue to spread this experience and support delivery on CBD's new 2020 Aichi biodiversity targets.
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PA4LP works at the global, regional, and national level to deliver protected area outcomes.
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Implementation Sites

Altai-Sayan Ecoregion
Carpathian Ecoregion
Caucasus Ecoregion
Dinaric Arc Ecoregion
West Africa Marine Ecoregion


“This project is the best example  of how global level policy can be effectively implemented at the national level.” "

Mr. Isoseb Kartsivadze, Head of Biodiveristy Protection Service Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia

"Making it Happen"
Get a glimpse of the project's successes in the field:


"It was a great victory for the people of this region the day the Dinarc Arc Big Win was signed. It is an opportunity to develop a new relationship with nature for future generations.


Ph.D. Nevenko Herceg, Minister of Environmental and Tourism of Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina

© Minister of Envrionment & Tourism of Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina
Ph.D Nevenko Herceg at Transbounday international conference 2010
© Minister of Envrionment & Tourism of Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina


Rolf Hogan, CBD Manager, WWF-International © WWF

Rolf Hogan
CBD Manager
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Volcano landscape, Cape Verde
© Volcano landscape, Cape Verde © Wim Van Passel/WWF

Protected Areas

  • Over 100 PAs - or 4.2 million ha - newly established.
  • An additional 11.5 million ha committed by governments by 2020.
  • First national gap analyses completed for Russia and Mongolia.
  • First ecoregion-level gap analysis completed for the Dinaric Arc.
  • About 140 PAs management effectiveness assessed in 18 countries.

Great Egrets, Hungary
© Great Egrets, Hungary © Wild Wonders of Europe/Markus Varesvuo/WWF

Policy and Legislation

  • A historic agreement between 6 Dinaric Arc countries to coordinate efforts to deliver on CBD targets: 70% implemented so far.
  • Seven former 'paper parks' in West Africa now with management plans in place.

Caucasian rhododendron
© Caucasian rhododendron © Wild Wonders of Europe/Schandy/WWF

Capacity Building

  • Over 900 people trained in more than 100 workshops.
  • Three training colleges established in Mongolia, Romania and Russia.
  • First ever participatory management processes set up with local people in Altai-Sayan and Ukraine.

Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) in winter.
© Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) in winter. © Klein & Hubert/WWF


  • 16 million euros co-financing raised.
  • National budgets for protected area systems increased (Mongolia +55%; Azerbaijan +100%; Georgia +400%).