Protected Areas

SOS - Save Our Species, FFI, 2013A-072, Pygmy Hippo, Wonegizi

How a single Pygmy Hippo photo gave rise to the Wonegizi Proposed Protected Area Project

To think an entire project could have been sparked by a single grainy black and white photo of a Critically Endangered Pygmy Hippo is remarkable, comments Josh Kempinski. He is project coordinator with SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Fauna & Flora International and has been working with the communities of Liberia’s Wonegizi district to create a co-managed protected area there since 2012.   …  

03 Sep 2015 | News story

DR Grethel Aguilar launched the Caribbean Gateaway during the Regional Conservation Forum. “Welcome to the first day of the Regional Forum. BIOPAMA is very important as it is the first project for IUCN in the Caribbean region and the first with members involved."

The Caribbean Gateway, a free and open access data management tool was presented to Caribbean stakeholders during the Regional Conservation Forum in Panama

2 September 2015. Panama City. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) are pleased to announce that “The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway)” was officially launched on September 2, 2015, during the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum in Panama City, Panama. The Caribbean Gateway, that serves to integrate a diverse range of relevant protected areas and biodiversity data and information across the region, is a joint undertaking between the European Union- funded Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme in the Caribbean and UWI’s Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), an IUCN Member, at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. …  

03 Sep 2015 | News story

Parque Nacional Natural Gorgona-Colombia

Colombia celebrates Green Listing of three national parks: Inspiring future action

National Parks Colombia together with WWF Colombia held an IUCN Green List of Protected Areas recognition event in Cali on August 21th, with the aim of socializing the process, results and benefits of the List with the inscribed parks staff and other conservation partners, and to highlight the efforts of these protected areas to overcome challenges and achieve the standards. …  

26 Aug 2015 | News story

13A-050-013, WCS; Okapi faunal Reserve, SOS Save Our Species,

Getting SMARTer about protected areas management in the Okapi Faunal Reserve, DRC

Protected Area management effectiveness improvements are critical to protecting threatened species in such areas. The Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) - the design and implementation of which, SOS has supported since its launch in 2012 - is one such development.   …  

22 Aug 2015 | News story

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Protected Area Data Management Online Resource Launched for Users in East Africa

Major advancement for biodiversity conservation and improving access to best available science and knowledge on protected areas have been made in East Africa within the last weeks. After the establishment of a framework for the East African Community (EAC) Observatory for the Biodiversity and Protected Areas (BIOPAMA) programme, the BIOPAMA project recently convened a Technical Training Workshop at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) in Nairobi, Kenya from 21-22 July 2015. …   | French

04 Aug 2015 | News story

Gardes dans le parc national des Virunga, en RDC

The tragedies of poaching: time to protect rangers in DRC’s World Heritage sites

Protecting natural World Heritage is a noble but life-threatening cause in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In facing the grim reality of human loss among park rangers, we must rethink solutions to the blight of elephant poaching. …   | French

31 Jul 2015 | News story

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

Capacity boosted 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

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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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