Protected areas (incl. World Heritage)

Bioacoustics for species monitoring - a new tool for Red List assessment?

Bioacoustic monitoring and classification of animal songs has developed into a powerful tool for measuring and monitoring vocalizing species, particularly in habitats where visual observations are difficult or even impossible, such as tropical rainforests or at sea. Results from recent bioacoustic surveys illustrate the potential of the method, but also challenges and bottlenecks impeding further progress.

Whakatane Mechanism: a multi-stakeholder approach to solving human rights issues in protected areas? (CEESP official session)

Two Whakatane Assessments have been conducted for the first time in 2011 and 2012. They are an ambitious first step towards creating a systematic framework for assessing and contributing to the solution of human rights issues linked with protected areas. This is a concrete contribution to IUCN´s thematic areas Sharing Nature´s benefits fairly and equitably and Managing ecosystems for improved food security. Respect for human rights and community management is crucial for resilience of ecosystem and livelihoods in the face of development and climate change.

Biodiversity Conservation for Development in the South through South-South Cooperation

The south country comprises over 70% of the earth’s biodiversity but it has been given less attention for conserving their resources in terms of policies. It is obvious that the biodiversity resources in the tropical south countries are not only in high richness but also in danger of extinction due to the excessive utilization and habitats degradation. Thus the effective action plan and management strategies are urgently needed to increase resilience the deterioration of nature resources.

IUCN´s Flagship Knowledge Products: working towards technical and operational linkages

IUCN´s knowledge products include The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (which will be linked to the Global Invasive Species Database); The WDPA (with UNEP WCMC); the developing IUCN Red List of Ecosystems and Key Biodiversity Areas. Each of these are at a different stage of development in terms of the conceptual / technical side, the tools for inputting data (Species Information Service), websites and databases. As IUCN moves into the next Programme period it is important to determine how best to further develop these products and make operational links between them.

Invoking the Precautionary Principle: Shell´s approach to protecting the environment: an analysis

With a challenging but realistic ´blueprint for action´ in mind, global companies have strong environment objectives, controls and measures in place in order to make a significant contribution to ´ecosystem resilience´. Through this workshop, Shell invites feedback on its approach to protect the environment and encourages an open dialogue: are we doing enough, when and how much is enough, and how and where to improve performance?

Applying Tools to Assess Management Effectiveness of Protected Areas- The Global Experience

Consistent with IUCN priorities, over the past decade there has been significant growth in the development and application of a range of tools to assess the management effectiveness of Protected Areas. Participants in this Conservation Campus will:
* Gain a global understanding of types of assessment tools, status and application of Protected Area Management Evaluation (PAME) assessments.
* Learn from experienced practitioners about the evolution and lessons learned from the application of PAME site assessment and system assessment tools.

Capacity Building to Enhance Protected Area Management Effectiveness and Wildlife Conservation in the Asian Context

Protected area and wildlife managers are faced with complex challenges that demand understanding of both social and ecological attributes. Major challenges to protected areas include overharvest of natural resources for commercial purposes, inappropriate adjacent land use, agricultural encroachment, infrastructure development, and invasive species. Promoting the resilience of threatened species and ecosystems is equally complicated by issues such as habitat fragmentation, climate change, and growing costs to communities experiencing conflict with wildlife.

TerraLook: Free Satellite Images for Busy People or the Technologically Disinterested

Although satellite images are now widely available they are still underutilized by the conservation community. Yet, such images are tremendously useful for discovering and monitoring change, for understanding what is happening on the ground, and for simple and powerful communication.

A variety of reasons contribute to this under-use, including complicated systems for obtaining and processing images, the need for fast Internet connections, and the belief that images are too difficult to find and use.

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