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Use the information to identify gaps. Northern Madagascar. Prioritise gaps to be filled. Kinabatangan River, Malaysia. Agree strategy and take action. Valle des Baobabs: Madagascar. Increasingly these processes are expected to involve a wide range of stakeholders…. Filling the gaps.

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Prioritise gaps to be filled

Kinabatangan River, Malaysia


Agree strategy and take action

Valle des Baobabs: Madagascar

filling the gaps
Filling the gaps
  • All gaps can’t be filled at once, so PRIORITIZE.
  • Prioritize based on threat, leverage, opportunity, irreplaceability, feasibility
  • Consider early wins to build momentum, enthusiasm for protected areas locally and nationally

Options for filling gaps

  • Create new protected areas
  • Expand boundaries of existing protected areas
  • Improve management of existing managed areas
  • Consider other conserved areas

Elements of a gap analysis


Creating NEW protected areas

  • New federal lands – consider issues of compensation, land and water purchase/acquisition
  • Consider supporting creation of state and municipal reserves as part of national PA network (e.g. Bolivia)
  • Consider aligning with other socio-economic-cultural opportunities, e.g. ecosystem services, cultural sites, recreational sites
  • Use a variety of different management purposes (categories) and governance types to meet goals.

Elements of a gap analysis


Other managed areas as seeds for protected areas

  • Forest Reserves (state, community, indigenous –owned)
  • Riparian or wetland protection policies
  • Fisheries regulations
  • Recreational areas
  • Other Conventions (e.g. Ramsar)

Elements of a gap analysis

iucn has a definition and six categories of protected areas defined by their management objective
IUCN has a definition and six categories of protected areas, defined by their management objective
  • An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means

Need for restoration?

  • Restoration may be necessary to have functional sites that will meet conservation, protection goals
  • May be passive succession, designation of only partially degraded lands (e.g. shaded agriculture), or active restoration efforts
  • Important to identify best locales where restoration can be successful (e.g. with sources of plants, wildlife)

Elements of a gap analysis


Consider Other Forms of Reserves and Governance

  • Promoting Private Reserves
  • Supporting Indigenous Managed Lands
  • Looking at co-management options

Elements of a gap analysis

IUCN increasing sees protected areas being defined by both management objectives (category) and governance type

Improved management of existing protected areas

  • Improved management effectiveness to make paper parks functional.
  • Adjust and expand boundaries to capture biodiversity representation and ecological needs
  • Changes in governance and protected area category

Elements of a gap analysis


The gap analysis should also at least consider well-managed land and water outside protected areas

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