Protected areas (incl. World Heritage)

The Preservation of the Ecology of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a unique strip of land, approximately 250km (160 miles) long and 4km (2.5 miles) wide. It runs across the Korean Peninsula from east to west, serving as a buffer zone between North and South Korea. Since the Korean War armistice was declared in 1953, the ecology of the DMZ territory has been kept intact, and has evolved into a virtual treasure land of natural resources. In addition to its biological value, it is a historical place where many young people from 16 countries around the world sacrificed their lives.

What is Asian system of Marine Protected Area? 

The importance of marine conservation is becoming higher and higher recently in global scale. To halt and reverse the degradation of marine ecosystems, the decision was adopted by COP10 of the CBD(Conservation of Biological Diversity) ; at least 10% of all the world’s marine and coastal areas should be protected by 2020. Also WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development) stated the need to develop MPA networks by 2012.

Sustainable Travel and Eco-Tourism

In this two hour window, participants will brainstorm the best practices for creating the ideal eco-resort experience given the protected area´s natural surroundings.

Things to consider include:

Types of buildings - using indigenous/recycled materials, bringing in prefab.

Plumbing – the gold standard for sustainability.

Cuisine – locavore meets eco-tourism, exploring ways in which cooking with local ingredients can protect bio-diversity and improve food security.

Energy sources – wind, solar, others…

The Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network: Building a global network to inform conservation

In this knowledge cafe we discuss the role of the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network in conserving tropical forests. With a global network of representative sites, TEAM partners have developed a standardized and cost-effective set of protocols to assess species trends and extinction risk, changes in land use, trends in extent and quality of natural habitats, and impacts of climate change and other human drivers on forest-dependent species and ecosystems.

Creative participatory methodologies for protected areas management: New approaches and challenges

This Knowledge Café represents a continuation of the Knowledge Café conducted by us in 2008 at the IUCN Congress in Barcelona, and aims at promoting and advancing the discussions and experience sharing concerning new methodological and pedagogical approaches for protected areas management. Participatory methodologies for protected areas management represents one of the main challenges related to social inclusion and benefit sharing concerning biodiversity conservation strategies.

Dryland Biodiversity: Mobilizing the Union for Conservation through Sustainable Land Management

Desertification, or “land degradation in the drylands”, is a major global environmental threat that affects the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people. The process of desertification is also closely related to dryland biodiversity loss. Dryland Biodiversity is widely valued, but often unconsciously, and development policies frequently put this biodiversity at risk. Low investment in these areas contributes to a paucity of data that leaves a major gap in understanding the risks and threats to dryland biodiversity.

GEF- Investing in Our Planet: Sustainable financing for biodiversity

The workshop will inform 20 years of Global Environment Facility (GEF)´s activities and achievements as the financial mechanism of the CBD. It will also initiate discussion on the future directions and strategy of the GEF biodiversity program with experts, local and indigenous communities, and other audiences.

Uniting an Ocean of Islands: Scaling Up Conservation through Peer Learning Networks

Encompassing vast proportions of Earth´s ocean ecosystems and embracing incredible cultural diversity, Small Island Developing Nations face unprecedented challenges in conserving biodiversity and enhancing resiliency to climatic changes. Since conventional management models rarely prioritize diffusion of innovation and learning across regions, networks of practitioners can be a tool to encourage innovation and rapid adoption and adaptation of practical solutions.

New business models for mainstreaming conservation into development: Innovations from the Global Tiger Initiative

Present and discuss specific lessons, challenges and innovative solutions generated by the Tiger Range Countries during the initial phase of implementation of the Global Tiger Recovery Program that was approved by Heads of Governments at the 2010 Tiger Summit.

Habitat restoration to conserve Asia endemic primate, Phayre´s Leaf Monkey, in Myanmar

Phayre´s leaf monkey (Trachypithecus phayrei) distributes in the tropical Asia and mainly inhabits Southeast Asia. It is listed as endangered species in IUCN Red List since its population is at risk of becoming extinct or threatened by anthropogenic activities. Hunting stress and habitat loss are main causes for declining the population. It is also listed as CITES Appendix II in order to control the illegal trade. In Myanmar, Phayre's leaf monkey is given high priority for protection and it was listed as ´completely protected animals´ by the national wildlife law.

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