An OECM is a “a geographically defined area other than a Protected Area, which is governed and managed in ways that achieve positive and sustained long term outcomes for the in-situ conservation of biodiversity with associated ecosystem functions and services and where applicable, cultural, spiritual, socio-economic, and other locally relevant values”
Protected Areas have nature conservation as its primary management objective, whereas OECMs achieve in-situ conservation irrespective of its objectives.
© Achier Chung, Reef Guardian
Governance and management are closely linked. What are the similarities and differences in the governance and management of Protected Areas and OECMs?
Call for Case Studies
Applications are now open! We invite you to submit case studies of potential OECMs across marine, coastal, freshwater and terrestrial environments in Malaysia. We will use the IUCN guidance and tools as a basis for assessing whether case study sites meet the CBD definition of OECMs. We have summarised the OECM criteria for ease of reference here. We encourage you to read the IUCN OECM guidance before you fill in the form.
The submission form is now available for download in English and Bahasa Malaysia below:
All submissions are voluntary and you are welcome to submit any number of case studies, using one form per case study. The deadline for submissions of OECM case studies is by 5pm on the 31 st of January 2020. Once you have completed the form, please submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The equitable governance and effective management of OECMs deliver outcomes for the sustained long-term in-situ conservation of biodiversity.
© Chien Lee