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Conserving drylands biodiversity for sustainable land management (book launch)

The Publication "Conserving Dryland Biodiversity" was jointly produced by the United Nations Convention to Combat desertification, UNEP-WCMC, The World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN Global Drylands Initiative.

Possible uses, and abuses, of DOPA, a digital observatory for protected areas

The development of means for biodiversity monitoring and forecasting requires some significant changes in the way data are collected and processed. The frequent absence of interoperability of the existing information systems serving these data is an issue that is well known. A number of international initiatives, the largest one being GEOSS, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, have therefore been put in place to better coordinate the efforts to improve and streamline information systems.

Conservation finance for protected areas, gaps, comparative analysis and alternatives in a dynamice debate

The resilience of conservation initiatives, and their results and impact, depends in great measure on the availability and use of funding. In addition to government funding and revenues, there is often a gap, either for capital or recurrent expenditure, or to invest in revenue generation or benefit flows. The development of innovative financial arrangements that will implement and sustain conservation efforts over time, including best practices of governance, accountability and financial management, is a key aspect to address degradation of nature.

Launching a global partnership for capacity development

This event will celebrate two exciting new projects that will enhance protected area capacity development: The launch of Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Project (BIOPAMA) and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on protected area capacity development between the IUCN and the Convention for Biological Diversity.

The Global Partnership for Professionalizing Protected Area Management and IUCN’s Protected Area Capacity Development Knowledge Products

This event will feature the Global Partnership for Professionalizing Protected Area Management (GPPPAM) and will showcase the new and planned IUCN/WCPA capacity development knowledge products.

Celebrating the successes in protecting temperate grasslands

Temperate grasslands are one of the world's great biomes. However, after cradling human needs for centuries, indigenous temperate grasslands are now the most altered and endangered ecosystem on the planet. Temperate grasslands occur on every continent (except Antarctica) and occupy about 8% of the earth's terrestrial surface. Of this, only 5% is currently protected within the global system of protected areas.

Expanding capacity building efforts to enhance protected area management effectiveness in the Asian context

Building capacity for effective protected area management is a critical challenge for biodiversity conservation in Asia and beyond. Continuous change on a global scale has led to increasingly complex management scenarios that demand a broader base of skills for today’s conservation professionals.

Our Protected Planet - Celebrating progress on global protected area targets

Protected areas have for centuries been a tried and tested method for the conservation of nature. Today we know that well-managed protected areas lead not only to healthy ecosystems and refuge to threatened species, but also provide multiple benefits to people, including a wide range of services such as clean water provision, food security, climate regulation, disaster risk reduction and additional services. This event will look at progress and celebrate success in protected areas through the launch of the inaugural Protected Planet Report.

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