This opening session of the final day of the Protected Planet Pavilion will feature two flagship initiatives for the future of the World Heritage Convention – the World Heritage COMPACT initiative and the new global World Heritage biodiversity gaps analysis. You will hear about these two major initiatives, and meet the people behind them. In addition this session will be a general surgery on all matters World Heritage, with staff from the IUCN World Heritage Programme, and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on hand to answer your questions.
For the past decade the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation (COMPACT) initiative of the UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme has been working with communities near eight current and proposed World Heritage Sites in Africa, Asia, Meso-America and the Caribbean. Through extensive on-the-ground experience, and a participatory methodology that takes a scientific approach, COMPACT is demonstrating that community-based initiatives can significantly increase the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in globally significant protected areas while helping to improve the livelihoods of local people. The main leaders of COMPACT will be on hand to explain the initiative and its innovative approach, and how you and sites you know could benefit from it.
The event will also provide an opportunity to learn the latest on the new global analysis that seeks to identify priority sites for biodiversity conservation that should be considered for World Heritage listing. We will examine the rationale for the analysis, outline its methodological approach, and present some preliminary findings, ahead of completion of this work early in 2013. There will also be plenty of time to discuss this work with experts from IUCN, UNEP-WCMC and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) that supports this work.