Protected Areas

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

Marilize van der Walt, South African Wildlife College, presenting her findings at the BIOPAMA training of trainers programme on negotiation skills, February 2015

South African Wildlife College-BIOPAMA collaboration benefits protected area and conservation staff

The South African Wildlife College (SAWC) is a unique and dynamic college that is synonymous with conservation education, training and skills development. The college targets protected area practitioners of all kinds to ensure that they are well equipped for the ever changing challenges in this field. Acknowledging the link between protected areas and natural resource management, the college takes a holistic approach which considers community relations, conflict resolution, project planning, and financial control. Following training offered by BIOPAMA in Eastern and Southern Africa, the College is adding negotiation skills training into their capacity development offer. …   | French

16 Sep 2015 | News story

Participants to the training in their first field visit to the Coral Harbour area in New Providence, the Bahamas

Protected area data management trainings announced for the Caribbean

The Biodiversity and Protected Area Management (BIOPAMA) programme is announcing a series of technical workshops in the Caribbean aimed at equipping protected areas management professionals with the tools and skills to contribute in a meaningful way to the database of The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (The Caribbean Gateway). …   | French

09 Sep 2015 | News story

Grizzly Bear, Banff National Park, Canada

World Heritage status for wilderness helps respond to climate change

Nature experts, including several IUCN specialists, are calling for a new approach to conserving wilderness areas under the World Heritage Convention in a paper published today in Conservation Letters. Inscribing wilderness sites on the World Heritage List and improving their connectivity would help respond to climate change and biodiversity loss, according to the article. …  

09 Sep 2015 | News story

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. …   | French

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

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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