UNEA - Second United Nations Environment Assembly:: Reports
Green Room Event 18 : Transparency & Accountability in Area based conservation
Date of event: 
26 May
11:00am - 12:00pm

Partners: VCA Partners including the Global Footprint Network, the IUCN Global Marine Programme, and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment


Venue: Conference Room 14



The aim of the side event is build awareness, interest and support for the VCA Approach within the UNEA community. Under Agenda 2030, we have committed “to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change.” We have also committed under SDG Target 16.5 “to develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.”


In this respect, the Verified Conservation Area (VCA) Approach aims to support effective, transparent and accountable area-based conservation to conserve and sustainably use marine and terrestrial ecosystems as set out in SDGs 14 and 15. In so doing, it will facilitate trade, financing and partnerships for sustainable development as set out in SDG 17.


This event will introduce the VCA Approach as an effective and inclusive area-based conservation measure which aims to facilitate transparency, accountability, recognition and support for sustainable production at the landscape level. The session will also present a selection of VCAs from Africa, Europe and the Middle East to demonstrate how the Approach is being used by various stakeholders, including the private sector, to conserve our planet, hectare by hectare.


The introductory presentation will be followed by a panel discussion exploring opportunities for building partnerships and scaling up the registration of VCAs in support of Agenda 2030.