Traditional management approaches have been based on understanding the relationship between natural resources and communities
Protected areas must be managed effectively, requiring appropriate institutional and governance
an expanded connected network of well managed conservation areas is the most robust proven solution to confront global problems
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Reaching global conservation goals - focus on the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014



The Samoan voyaging canoe Gaualofa departing Apia, Samoa, as part of the Mua Voyage to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney

Change is in the sea: from SDGs and MPAs to resolutions and global commitments

As governments, the UN, NGOs and civil society organisations met at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit in New York last month, the world is slowly recognising the critical role that a healthy environment, and healthy oceans, can play in addressing current challenges including poverty, climate change, food and water security, and reducing the risk of disasters. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Giant Clam in Vamizi Community Sanctuary, Mozambique

If you want to go far, go together: Community based conservation in Vamizi Island, Mozambique

The Vamizi Community Sanctuary (CS) is located on the western side of the Vamizi Island, covering an area of about 10,000 hectares of reefs, mangroves, sand flats and deeper waters, and extending 3 miles out to sea. It is one of the most successful examples of a community managed protected area in East Africa, with less than 10 years and measurable benefits. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article

Anne Walton

Anne Walton, NOAA - A career in marine conservation

Anne Walton has been a leading figure on marine protected area (MPA) issues, in the US and beyond, since the early 1990’s. She was instrumental in building up and leading NOAA’s International MPA Capacity Building Program, which has benefitted MPA practitioners in over 30 countries. As Anne steps down from the leadership of the program to move into new areas of marine conservation, we highlight her remarkable contributions to strengthening MPA management around the globe. …  

08 Oct 2015 | Article


MOOC en Gestion des Aires Protégées en Afrique

Formation en Ligne Ouverte à Tous en Gestion des Aires Protégées (MOOC GAP) 

18 Sep 2015 | Event

Waterfalls in Togitogiga Reserve, Samoa

Launch of IUCN Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Modules

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. All are freely available on This platform also provides a hub for educators to upload their own relevant resources to share with others around the world. …  

18 Sep 2015 | News story

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