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Friday, April 21 • 13:45 - 15:15
Recognizing & encouraging conservation where we live & work LIMITED

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The Global Footprint Network predicts that by 2020 we will be using the resources of 1.75 planets. To reduce our global footprint, we need to increase conservation far beyond protected areas. We need to encourage conservation in the areas where we live and work.

This session introduces the Verified Conservation Area (VCA) approach, a voluntary mechanism for recognizing area-based conservation. VCA offers communities, companies, and individuals the opportunity to be recognised for their conservation efforts through transparency, accountability, and verification.

The session will begin with an introduction to the VCA approach, followed by an overview of research on landowner motivations for conservation actions. It will conclude with two commentators and an open discussion.


Francis Vorhies, Earthmind: Introduction to the VCA Approach

Jennifer Gooden, University of Oxford: Conservation Landowner Perspective


Prue Addison, University of Oxford

Chris Naylor, A Rocha International

About the VCA approach

The VCA Approach aims to reduce our global footprint by encouraging voluntary conservation beyond legally protected areas. It is inclusive and enables communities, companies, individuals and local authorities to join a new social movement for conservation. All areas managed to conserve nature can be registered as VCAs.

Listing on the VCA Registry enables land-based conservation efforts to be visible and accountable to key stakeholders and to the broader public. Listing an area is guided by the VCA Standard and Toolkit, which are based on international best practice.

Over the next three years, the VCA partners will list 100 new VCAs covering six million hectares. Together, we will scale up a social movement for conservation by fostering a learning and sharing culture to conserve the areas where we live and work. More information is available at http://conserveareas.org/

Room needs: Projector for presentations, AV for short video 

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Francis Vorhies

Executive Director, Earthmind
I am a biodiversity economist interested in recognising conservation in the areas where we live and work and in the development of sustainable wildlife economies.

Friday April 21, 2017 13:45 - 15:15 BST
Informatics Suite 4 The Laboratory, First Floor