National parks and other protected areas are the cornerstones in most biodiversity conservation efforts. Accurate information on protected areas is required for decision making and to report progress on national and international protected area targets such as the CBD’s Aichi Biodiversity Target 11. This session will demonstrate the value of such information for three biodiversity-rich countries in Asia.
IUCN and UNEP-WCMC are currently working with experts from the Republic of Korea, China and Japan to enhance the information in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). The WDPA, a joint project by IUCN and UNEP-WCMC, is the only global dataset on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Available online at www.protectedplanet.net, it contains information on over 200,000 protected areas. The project helps to improve the two-way flow of information between countries and the WDPA and strengthens in-country capacity in the application of global standards for protected area information.
This interactive session will include presentations on the protected areas in the three project countries, the achievements of the project to date, a demo of protectedplanet.net, and a Q&A panel with the people involved in the project. It will provide a unique opportunity for participants to network and look at future possibilities for continuing to enhance protected areas knowledge in the Asian region and beyond.