Image used in hero section:Santa Marta Parakeet. Photo credit: George Jett.

AZE is increasingly adopted by countries committed to protecting their most threatened endemic species and by multinational agreements, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), concerned with conserving the world’s most endangered species.

AZE fact sheet on NBSAPs

Conserving AZE sites can help countries meet multiple targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. See the AZE NBSAP Fact Sheet 2024 to learn more about incorporating AZE into your country’s national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAP).

AZE protection is included in the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and National Reports of 31 Parties to the CBD. See below for a map of those countries. View all NBSAPs

AZE sites highlighted in CBD Decision on Accelerating Progress on Aichi Biodiversity Targets

For Targets 11 and 12, noting that not all eco-regions of the world are adequately covered by protected areas, most protected areas are not well connected, and most Parties have not assessed the management effectiveness of the majority of their protected areas, and that global prevention of species loss should focus on specific regions of the world where most species diversity exists and/or where they are the most threatened, focus on the protection, management and conservation of the most significant areas for biodiversity, such as through the initiatives of the Alliance for Zero Extinction and others, through protected areas, other effective area-based conservation measures and specific species conservation measures.

First-ever national ordinances recognizing AZE

On July 12, 2018, Brazilian Ministry of Environment Ordinance No. 287 was published, which recognizes the Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction and links it to the National Biodiversity Council. As a result, Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction should be included in public conservation strategies. On October 31, 2018, Brazilian Ministry of Environment Ordinance No. 413 was published, recognizing 146 Brazilian Alliance for Zero Extinction sites and 230 target species.


Memorandum of Cooperation

Signed between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and AZE.


Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 Quick Guide

Guide to help with reaching Aichi Biodiversity Target 11.


Aichi Biodiversity Target 12 Quick Guide

Guide to help with reaching Aichi Biodiversity Target 12.


Like-minded mega-diverse countries Carta to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 11

Carta including AZE signed by Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries (LMMCs) at the CBD Convention of Parties (COP) 13


IUCN World Conservation Congress Resolution

Inviting governments to prioritize protecting AZE sites and requesting SSC and the WCPA to encourage CBD Parties to support better protection of AZE sites

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE): Conserving Earth's Most Irreplaceable Sites for Endangered Biodiversity

A GEF/UN Environment project focuses on advancing AZE at both site and global levels.

Be a force for zero extinction

Policy Makers

Include AZE sites within your national government conservation strategies

Government resources

Research Scientists

Help conservation efforts through submitting site updates and nomination

Science resources

Conservation organizations

Protect sites independently or in collaboration with other organizations

Conservation resources

Individual contributors

Give your support to individual AZE partner organizations around the world

Contribution options

Bale Mountains. Photo: stefancek