Protected Area News
  Special edition - pacific and oceania 

22 november 2013

Asia Parks Congress concludes with pledge for new era in protected area collaboration
The first ever pan-Asia gathering on the region’s national parks and protected areas concluded with a pledge for stronger collaboration that will capture the energy of the current Asia boom to ensure protected areas contribute to human progress while also conserving the region's rich biodiversity.
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Sovi Protected Area © Jorg Kretzschmar
inspiring places
The terrestrial biodiversity jewel of Polynesia-Micronesia – Sovi Protected Area, Fiji
The Sovi Protected Area is Fiji’s largest remaining undisturbed lowland forest watershed and hosts many biologically important terrestrial ecosystems. In fact, Sovi boasts the largest intract tract of forest and is the most biodiverse terrestrial ecosystem in the Polynesia-Micronesia Hotspot.  The area was inhabited a few generations ago, but abandoned due to poor soils and accessibility. Sovi is mostly under traditional ownership of 13 mataqali (clans) and also includes some smaller Crown and Freehold leases.  
Elin Kelsey © Elin Kelsey 
inspiring people
Collecting hope for marine protected areas – Elin Kelsey
 A researcher, educator and award winning author with deep experience in marine protected areas, Elin Kelsey is a collector of hope.  Currently leading a multi-year collaborative project called Circumnavigating Hope, she conducts research into the emotional responses of children, environmental educators and conservation scientists to the culture of "hopelessness" that permeates environmental issues.
Destroyed beach after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 © Ministry of the Environment Japan 
inspiring solutions
From discussion to action in Disaster Risk Reduction at the Asia Parks Congress
 A suite of proposed actions resulting from a special workshop held after the first Asia Parks Congress marked the next step in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into protected area and conservation policy and practice for IUCN and Congress delegates, including the gathering’s host Ministry of the Environment Japan.   
Spiral whip coral and divers in the Beqa Lagoon, Fiji © IUCN Lill Haugen
BIOPAMA to contribute to upcoming Pacific fora
A series of events taking place in Suva, Fiji from 25 November to 6 December will provide an opportunity to advance the work of BIOPAMA in the Pacific region. The events are: the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas (PICNCPA), the CBD capacity building workshop for the Pacific on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi targets, and the UNESCO Pacific World Heritage Workshop.
Fisherman on Inlay Lake, Myanmar © Vladimir Fofanov -
world heritage
Myanmar seeks global standards to conserve its natural heritage
Myanmar is renewing efforts to implement the World Heritage Convention. As the country opens up to international conservation processes, IUCN is providing expertise to help identify potential natural heritage sites. Myanmar is unlike any other country in Southeast Asia. Having lingered for years in diplomatic isolation, it seems to have gone on untouched by global trends.
9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas, Suva, Fiji
2-6 December 2013
save the date
9th Pacific Island Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas
This nature conservation conference, a significant event for biodiversity conservation in the Pacific region, has taken place every 4-5 years since 1975 and is the region's premier event for biodiversity. The theme of this year's conference is Natural Solutions – Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific.
hot off the press
The legal aspects of connectivity conservation
The paper is intended to offer concrete ideas of existing and potential legal tools and approaches that countries can use immediately to initiate priority connectivity conservation actions and to strengthen them progressively. It also is intended to provide a conceptual baseline for future research and case studies to continue to define and develop connectivity conservation law for supporting protected areas and for providing opportunities to address climate change as part of biodiversity conservation agendas.
Parks rangers in Korea © Korea National Park Service
following up
Workshop steps up refinement of protected area professional competences
To effectively conserve biodiversity, and provide ecosystem services and other benefits, protected areas must have good management and governance, be well-connected, and have management integrated across the wider landscapes and seascapes. To reach these goals, protected areas also need a well-trained workforce that is competent, and which has the right combination of skills, knowledge and attitude.
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