This guidance document is one of a series produced with the support of the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (2010 BIP) to assist Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to track their progress towards the 2010 BiodiversityTarget. Coverage of Protected Areas has been selected as one of the indicators suitable for assessing progress towards and communicating the 2010 Target at the global level. The aim of this document is to provide guidance to support the calculation and interpretation of the Coverage of Protected Areas indicator at the national and regional scales.
The Coverage of Protected Areas indicator represents the degree to which components of biodiversity are formally protected. It can show the changes in extent of protected areas, including marine protected areas, in relation to geographical and political units and to different measures of distribution of the components of bio - diversity, such as priority areas, ecosystem or habitat maps and species distributions.
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