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Tricha and her dance group performing a Lionfish Awareness dance at the 13th Annual Nevis to St Kitts Cross Channel Swim, April 2015

Young protected area manager uses dance to convey conservation messages in St. Kitts and Nevis

Over the course of its activities in the Caribbean, the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme, jointly implemented by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has focused much of its efforts on capacity building among young protected areas managers. One such professional who has benefited from several training opportunities through BIOPAMA is 28-year-old Tricia Greaux, who is currently employed as the Marine Resource Officer responsible for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) at the Department of Marine Resources in the federation of St Kitts and Nevis. …   | French

05 Aug 2015 | Article

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

Troupeau de buffle dans le parc W

The BIOPAMA Form on Management Effectiveness reveals Park W-Burkina Faso

A recent BIOPAMA capacity development training on the Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity made possible the analysis of protected area data from the WAP Complex, based on the BIOPAMA form for the evaluation of protected area management effectiveness. The form is a tool for protected area managers to guide them in identifying key threats that require management attention, for improving the conservation status of the parks. …   | French

03 Aug 2015 | Article

The coast - Andros West Side National Park, the Bahamas

New direction for capacity development in protected areas over next 10 years

A new strategy intended to support the recommendations on capacity development included in the Promise of Sydney that resulted from the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 (IUCN WPC) has been completed. The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Strategic Framework for Capacity Development in Protected Areas and other Conserved Territories 2015-2025 (SFCD) is the result of a widespread programme of activities and consultations during 2013 and 2014 culminating in the IUCN WPC 2014. …   | French

03 Aug 2015 | Article

Daursky Nature Reserve, Russia

Unsung heroes

Statement by IUCN Director General Inger Andersen on World Ranger Day 2015 …  

31 Jul 2015 | IUCN statement

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