Sectors of Focus

  • Environment
  • Land Conservation


  • Environment

Conservation Priority Characteristics (PD9009)

Describes the primary characteristics of hectares directly or indirectly controlled during the reporting period that are desirable to maintain or enhance through protection, restoration, or sustainable stewardship. Select all that apply:

Ecology and Habitat
- Wilderness, or wilderness-quality lands (biologically/ecologically intact ecosystems, free of significant human intervention), such as High Conservation Value Forests
- Significant biodiversity
- Critical habitat for endangered or vulnerable species
- Wildlife habitat
- Land with shared boundaries to existing protected land, to increase conservation assemblage or create buffer areas

Public/Human Use
- Park, land for community recreation, and access to public lands
- Natural or cultural features of outstanding/unique value, because of rarity, representativeness, aesthetic qualities or cultural significance (e.g., waterfalls, distinct scenic landscapes, geological features, cave dwellings, natural pilgrimage sites)
- Open space
- Working lands, specifically land for traditional activities related to the sustainable use of natural resources, including agriculture, timber, and ranching
- Scientific value (research reserves, field stations, etc.)

Ecosystem Services
- Land that provides basic ecosystem services in critical situations (e.g., watershed function, flood control)
- Land providing other ecosystem services (regulating values/services, supporting values/services, provisioning values/services, and/or cultural values/services).
Reporting format
Metric type
Metric level
Product/Service, Organization
IRIS metric citation
IRIS, 2016. Conservation Priority Characteristics (PD9009). v4.0.


Organizations should footnote details about their selections. See usage guidance for further information.

Usage Guidance

  • Examples of relevant details to footnote include details about selections (e.g., listing the relevant endangered or vulnerable species), third-party entity identification of the conservation priority of the land (e.g., local community, inter-governmental entity, nonprofit, or government), and the priority level. If available, cite published plans or other documentation that identifies the land as a conservation priority.
  • Organizations are encouraged to report this metric in conjunction with the following metrics: Protected Land Area: Total (PI4716), Land Directly Controlled: Sustainably Managed (OI6912), Land Indirectly Controlled: Sustainably Managed (PI6796), Ecosystem Services Provided (PD8494), Length of Adjacent Protected Land (PI2135), and Area of Adjacent Protected Land (PI5750).