Home » Management toolkit » Existing management guidance » CBD Ecosystem Approach

CBD Ecosystem Approach

The Ecosystem Approach is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way. It recognizes that humans, with their cultural diversity, are an integral component of ecosystems. The ecosystem approach requires adaptive management to deal with the complex and dynamic nature of ecosystems and the absence of complete knowledge or understanding of their functioning.

Principles of the Ecosystem Approach that are relevant with respect to management planning are:

  • Management actions should be carried out at the scale appropriate for the issue being addressed,
  • Management decisions should be decentralized to the lowest level possible and appropriate
  • Intersectoral cooperation for the management of protected areas needs to be ensured.
  • Management of protected areas is not the choice of ecologists alone but is a societal choice..

Links to examples of good practice