exploring OECMs

A new paradigm for area-based conservation

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Exploring OECMs, A new paradigm for area-based conservation

October 18, 2022 & November 3, 2022

Join WWF for this year’s Fuller Symposium exploring a new and evolving conservation framework —“other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECMs). OECMs are sites apart from protected areas that deliver long-term biodiversity conservation under equitable governance and management. This symposium will bring together leading experts to engage critically with OECMs, analyze the potential for these sites worldwide, identify implementation challenges and ways to address them, and investigate the conditions needed to maximize their positive contributions to both people and the planet.


SESSION 1: October 18, 2022



Carter Roberts, President & CEO, WWF

Session 1

OECMs and the future of area-based conservation


Rebecca Shaw, WWF

OECMs: An opportunity for transformative change

Madhu Rao, World Commission on Protected Areas

An evolving paradigm shift: from Protection to Conservation

Lucía Ruiz, WWF-México

OECMs: the promise (and some perils)

Stacy Jupiter, WCS-Fiji

Case Studies


Gabby Ahmadia, WWF

OECMs as a tool for innovation: Examples from South Africa

Candice Stevens, Sustainable Finance Coalition | IUCN WCPA Sustainable Finance Specialist Group

The future of marine conservation in Indonesia

Estradivari, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research

Supporting Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities to advance conservation in the Northern Great Plains

Dennis Jorgensen, WWF-Northern Great Plains


Moderator: Harry Jonas, WWF


The Path Forward

Pablo Pacheco, WWF

SESSIONS 2 & 3: November 3, 2022



Marion Osieyo, WWF

Session 2

Challenging OECMs

Will OECMs support or hinder customary systems and local governance?

Anne Larson, CIFOR/ICRAF

OECMs: Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous-led Conservation

Joji Carino, Forest Peoples’ Programme

Avoiding the misuse of OECMs in the wake of the blue economy

Joachim Claudet, CNRS, The French National Center for Scientific Research


Moderator: Gabby Ahmadia, WWF

Session 3

Operationalizing OECMs

Ensuring integrity in OECMs’ identification, monitoring and reporting

Jonas Geldmann, University of Copenhagen

Mapping OECMs at a global scale

Heather Bingham, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Meeting Conservation Goals at the National Level: Lessons Learned for Enabling Conditions

Andrew John Rhodes Espinoza, Ministry of Foreign Relations of México

Operationalizing OECMs for Indigenous Groups and Local Communities

Ameyali Ramos, ICCA


Moderator: Sam Cheng, WWF


OECMs: An opportunity to advance equitable and effective conservation

Georgina Gurney, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
Rebecca Shaw, WWF