Every ten years the IUCN World Parks Congress gathers together individuals and organisations from protected areas around the globe and this month saw the 2014 World Parks Congress take place in Sydney. The Congress was attended by 6000 people from over 170 countries, including representatives from some of Eurosite’s members.
During the Congress, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 2014 Protected Planet Report was launched. The Report assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which aims to conserve 17% of land and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020. The 2014 Report shows that although progress has been made in the percentage of protected area coverage, targets concerning ecological representativeness and effective management have not been met.