Shaping the Future of IUCN´s Protected Area Capacity Development Programme (WCPA official session)

To achieve their purpose, protected areas and protected area systems must be managed effectively and equitably. They need appropriate governance and competent professionals providing a range of skills at the site and system level. However, surveys have shown that a large proportion of designated protected areas are inadequately managed, resulting in such problems as the loss of biodiversity, degraded cultural resources, and reduced resilience to climate change and other external influences.

IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and WCPA are working in association with UN agencies, convention secretariats, including the CBD and World Heritage Convention, and partner organizations, to develop a comprehensive capacity development program of activities involving IUCN regions, Commissions and Members. The core rationale for this is to support capacity-building for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) Programme of Work on Protected Areas.

The IUCN WCPA Protected Area Capacity Development Program has three components: Protected Area management effectiveness, including the IUCN Green List of Well Managed Protected Areas Initiative; 2) Education and training to develop competent protected area professionals, including the new Global Partnership for Professionalizing Protected Area Management, and; 3) production of protected area capacity development resource materials.

This Workshop will build understanding and develop consensus around the direction of IUCN’s Protected Area Capacity Development Programme. It will provide an overview and create an interactive venue for participants to understand and help to direct the future of the Programme. IUCN Members and partners will participate in the Workshop. Displays and other visual media will be included. Come and share your insights and ideas!

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