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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

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

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