Protected areas (incl. World Heritage)

Large Carnivores Initiative in West and Central Africa

There is a large mammal crisis in West and Central Africa, which has largely gone unnoticed to the international conservation community (Craigie et al, 2010). Large carnivores are keystone species. This workshop intends to share knowledge and mobilise IUCN members to take action for ecosystem restoration, with a focus on the dry savannah zone, using carnivores as ecosystem embassadors. Special focus will be on stakeholder involvement including policy makers, local governments, private sector, women and indigenous communities.

How to get involved in the World Heritage Convention: A Users Guide for IUCN Members

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention is one of the most important global conservation instruments and has almost universal adoption amongst the nations of the world. It provides a unique framework for securing the conservation of over 200 of the world´s most important natural areas, such as the Serengeti, Galapagos and the Great Barrier Reef, recognized as being of Outstanding Universal Value to humanity as a whole.

Optimising CREMAs for Livelihood and Biodiversity Sustainability

Ghana adopted the establishment and development of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) as an integrated land use management approach to securing biodiversity and livelihoods in protected and off-reserve areas in 2000. Since then, government and civil society in the forestry sector have made conscious efforts to optimize the functions and structures of CREMAs to meet the policy aims of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission Ghana.

Re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture - the Society for Ecological Restoration

Ecological restoration is a powerful strategy for reversing biodiversity loss, increasing the provision of ecosystem services, and contributing to sustainable livelihoods. What makes restoration uniquely valuable is its inherent capacity to provide people with the opportunity not only to repair ecological damage, but also to improve the human condition (SER/IUCN 2004).

Cultural Heritage Management Capacity and Enhanced Biocultural Resilience in High-Value Landscapes

This knowledge café will further strengthen links across the nature-culture divide in protected area management, to bolster biocultural resilience in World Heritage and other high-value landscapes. The proposal builds on the 2008 Barcelona workshop "Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide to Conserve the Diversity of Life". IUCN has a vital interest in integrating approaches to natural and cultural heritage. The initiatives of the IUCN World Heritage Programme and relevant WCPA specialist groups are beginning to get results.

Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Jamaica: Resilience through Diversity and Partnerships

This poster tells the story of a national park in a country which values diversity and partnerships and the role they play in resilience. Jamaica´s motto states, "Out of Many, One People" and our black, green and gold flag symbolises the hope within the cultural and natural resources of the island: "the sun shineth, the land is green and the people are strong and creative". We will provide examples of challenges weathered by the forest ecosystems and park management.

Satellite Images for Conservation: A painless introduction using TerraLook

In this course you will first be introduced to satellite images and how they can be useful for conservation. Then, using the simple TerraLook software, a series of small projects will allow you to explore these uses on your own. TerraLook makes easy-to-use jpeg images available, for free, from anywhere on Earth, and provides a friendly tool to work with them. Current and historical images, back to the 1970s, make it easy to look for and document change.

Progress in the implementation of the Amazon ecosystem-based conservation vision

In the Amazon the whole is more than the sum of the parts and a regional conservation is need to face the threats and drivers. This an inovative approach of the protected areas system of the region to complement national biological and cultural conservation strategies, thanks to the implementation of the Work Plan for Protected Areas of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which contributes to maintaining an Amazon that is whole, functional and resilient in the face of climatve change.

Is Bigger Better? Inviting Experiences and Perspectives on Large-Scale Marine Protection

The past two decades have seen both an increase in the area of the world´s ocean under protection and a trend toward the establishment of large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs). Recent calls from the international marine conservation community recommend a target of protecting at least 10% of all of the world´s marine and coastal ecoregions by 2020. The international community also notes that with only approximately 1% of the world´s oceans currently protected, large-scale MPAs will play a critical role to achieve this target.

Quality counts: Protected Areas in Germany

Quality counts! - This is more than valid for protected areas as only well-managed PAs can play their role in successful conservation of nature.

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