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Bill Raynor

After 35 years of inspiring island conservation in Micronesia and the Pacific, Bill Raynor takes his final voyage.

Bill Raynor passed away on 1st September, after a battle with cancer. He will be buried in the fertile soil of Pohnpei Island, Micronesia, his home.   …  

02 Sep 2015 | Article

Ravilevu Nature Reserve, Taveuni, Fiji.

New WCPA groups looking into governance of protected and conserved areas, and OECMs

 WCPA responds to the need for bringing together expertise, and providing guidance, on the governance of protected and conserved areas, as well as on criteria for "Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures" as referenced by Aichi Target 11. If you are interested in joining these groups, please contact them directly under the contact details listed below. …  

01 Sep 2015 | Article

Community forest resource planning, Vietnam

Understanding the opportunities of governance study in National Protected Area Systems

The IUCN Regional Conservation Forum for South America was held from 31 August to 2 September in Quito, Ecuador. Attended by almost seventy IUCN member organisations, it was a unique occasion to extend the reflection on governance of protected and conserved areas, inspired by the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, in Sydney. More particularly, it was an opportunity to discuss the implications of the Promise of Sydney and recognize that diversity, quality and vitality of governance are one of the most important innovations of the decade and a fundamental element to reach the Aichi Targets in 2020.   …  

01 Sep 2015 | Article

Cultural event in Krayan Mentarang NP, Indonesia

Building on customary law for involving Indigenous Peoples in PA management in Indonesia

Kayan Mentarang National Park, Indonesia   …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

Village co-management committee meeting in Hin Nam No Protected Area, Lao PDR

Village rangers and a vertical co-management system ensure effective PA management – the case of Hin Nam No PA, Lao

Hin Nam No National Protected Area is one of Lao’s most inaccessible protected areas. GIZ has helped to set up co-management structures, which allow reliance on the skills and knowledge of local people to a large extent in order to ensure adequate management of the site in spite of the rugged terrain. The approach has been promoted as an “Inspiring Protected Area Solution” through the Panorama platform.   …  

31 Aug 2015 | Article

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