Protected Areas

Participants at BIOPAMA training for terrestrial protected area management in working groups, July 2015, Trinidad

Boosted capacity for Caribbean’s terrestrial protected areas

It is estimated that approximately 22 per cent of the land mass in the English-speaking Caribbean is designated as protected areas. 25 professionals tasked with the important job of protecting many of these important resource areas underwent a one week training programme focused on terrestrial protected areas from July 6 to 11, 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago.  The training programme was led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) under the framework of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme. …   | French

28 Jul 2015 | News story

Southern coast of Upolu island, Samoa

Pacific protected area and other conserved areas agenda advanced at key regional fora

A series of Pacific regional workshops and gatherings provided an important opportunity to review and enhance the frame for the Pacific protected area agenda, with the participation of numerous regional partners, IUCN commissions and members. These events represented the occasion to directly engage with the Pacific stakeholders on BIOPAMA initiatives and invite input, exchange and collaboration. …   | French

24 Jul 2015 | News story

Timneh Grey Parrot, 13A-062-002, SOS Save Our Species, World Parrot Trust

À la découverte de la vie secrète des perroquets de Timneh

Au vu du grand nombre de spécimens de perroquets de Timneh sauvages (Psittacus timneh) qui vivent en captivité partout dans le monde, il est à peine croyable que nous puissions ignorer presque tout de la vie de cet oiseau. …  

29 Jun 2015 | News story

Seongsan Ilchulbong peak in Jeju, Republic of Korea

A step forward for the most recognised areas on the planet

Imagine you were awarded an Olympic medal for your athletic performance, a Michelin star for your cooking skills and the John C. Phillips Memorial Medal for your conservation work, would you be able to keep all three skills up to the highest standard? Now imagine a natural area that is partly listed as a World Heritage site overlapping with a Biosphere Reserve, contains four Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, all of which are incorporated into a wider Geopark – is it possible for all four international designations to be harmoniously managed? …  

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Dr Ashton James Berry, Mrs Kelly Hoareau and Ms Sylvanna Antha

Soft skills considered in academic curricula by University of Seychelles

The University of Seychelles is working towards including negotiation modules using the Mutual Gains Approach within their Governance and Stakeholder Engagement Course. This initiative is being led by three graduates of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme’s Negotiation Skills Training of Trainers held in February 2015, which equipped participants with skills to train and assist protected area practitioners in negotiation skills using the Mutual Gains Approach. …   | French

18 Jun 2015 | News story

Dama Gazelle Nanger dama (CR) in the Manga, Chad

West and Central Africa’s wildlife in trouble, shows new IUCN report

A new IUCN report released today evaluates the state of West and Central Africa’s terrestrial and freshwater fauna and highlights the inadequacy of responses to rapid wildlife decline in the region. Improved legislation and much more effective protection is urgently required to meet international targets for protected areas and halting biodiversity loss. …   | French

12 Jun 2015 | News story

Little Sydney - Protecting Nature in Europe conference

Little Sydney: A promising future for nature in Europe

Protected areas are and must remain at the heart of all nature conservation efforts if global and regional biodiversity and sustainable development targets are to be met.
More than 200 experts from five continents gathered at the “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” conference in the medieval town of Hainburg, Austria, from 28-31 May 2015, to showcase and discuss original approaches for protected areas and nature conservation in Europe. Building on the outcomes of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, Little Sydney proved to be of the milestone international events on protected areas in Europe this year.   …  

08 Jun 2015 | News story

Transboundary Conservation: A systematic and integrated approach

New global guidance on transboundary conservation

A new publication by IUCN aims to help transboundary conservation practitioners and those intending to become involved in initiating, managing and governing transboundary conservation programmes 

22 May 2015 | News story

Testing of the BIOPAMA form for protected areas data collection in the field, in Gabon

Gabon supports the development of BIOPAMA tools

The BIOPAMA Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in West and Central Africa has finalized testing the tools for protected area data collection and will start soon their dissemination and use in the region, with the support of regional and national actors. The Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux de Gabon (ANPN - National Parks Agency) and the Réseau des Aires Protegées d’Afrique Centrale (RAPAC – Central Africa Protected Areas Network) have been crucial partners for BIOPAMA in this process designed to support decision making through the collection, management, and analysis of protected areas data. …   | French

13 May 2015 | News story

The MEET project presentation at the Midterm Conference in Lebanon (April 2015)

MEET catalogue: Building ecotourism destinations in Mediterranean protected areas

During one month, from 16 February to 22 March, 11 workshops and field trips in 8 countries were jointly organised by the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation and the IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) in the framework of the activities of the Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism Network (MEET). The MEET project, a three-year project funded by European Union (ENPI-CBC Mediterranean Programme 2007-2013), aims at exploring an innovative model of ecotourism for protected areas in the Mediterranean. …  

12 May 2015 | News story

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This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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