Protected Planet News: Meso America and BIOPAMA

6 march 2014

BIOPAMA - Conserving the world’s biodiversity hotspots by investing in the capacity of people
From the wide expanses of deep blue ocean and rugged jungle-clad volcanic peaks of the Pacific, to the rolling golden savannah and lush green of dense tropical rain forest in Africa, to the shimmering aquamarine waters and white sands of the Caribbean, countries in the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) regions harbor some of the most stunning, and endangered, biodiversity on earth.  
Call for side events and parallel events is open
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Ray at Hol Chan Reserve ©Tasha Gough
Inspiring places
Belize’s most revered aquatic haven – Hol Chan Marine Reserve 
Extending from Belize’s border with Mexico to the north, to the Guatemalan border in the south, the Belize Barrier Reef System is considered the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere and the world’s second largest reef system. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve forms part of this barrier reef and was established in 1987 to protect the colorful marine life that attracts more than 60,000 visitors to the area each year. 

Joel Verde at the BIOPAMA learning exchange for junior MPA managers ©Gabriela Diaz Musmanni
Inspiring People
From Belizean coastal village fisherman to environmental advocate and community leader – Joel Verde 
Joel Verde was born in Belize City but grew up in one of Belize’s largest fishing communities, Sarteneja.The son of a local fisherman, with nine brothers and sisters, Joel seemed likely follow in his father’s footsteps after finishing high school. Although he did for some time, he left his job as a fisherman to become a tour guide, and later a dedicated conservationist. 
Elephant in Masai Mara Resere, Kenya
©Jamie Kemsey
Inspiring Solutions
World Heritage and extractive industries come together to address protected areas and land resource use conflict
From February 19 – 21, government ministries, private investors and other key stakeholders from extractive industries and World Heritage from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya joined a dialogue in Nairobi initiated by the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), supported by BIOPAMA and the MAVA Foundation.
Tony O'Keeffe
What BIOPAMA brings to the Pacific - Tony O'Keeffe, Protected Areas Coordinator, BIOPAMA Programme 
While BIOPAMA is focused on protected areas, the Pacific context triggers a need to rethink the limits of the conventional definition. The Pacific is characterized by proud peoples, vast ocean expanses, enormous wild and rugged landscapes and tiny remote specks of islands. Although covering about 20% of the planet’s surface, it’s a region known little by those outside of it. 
Los Katíos National Park, Colombia ©Roberto Ariano
world heritage
Global to local: How World Heritage sites can bring international conservation goals to ground level
In linking World Heritage with other international conventions, Sonia Peña Moreno takes us through the compelling evidence that conservation works and that the power of collective efforts can lead to desired positive change.
Children swimming in an irrigation reservoir, Pangani River
IUCN ©Ger Bergkamp
Hot off the Press
Healthy Parks, Healthy People
For the past two years, this Greater Washington Area coalition has been working with health providers on ways to prescribe nature to their patients.

Parks Prescriptions
Prescribing nature with the long-term goal of decreasing obesity, asthma, and other mental health disorders. See video

Have fun and be healthy
National Park Service Junior Rangers share fun ways children can be active and healthy as part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People; Greater Washington Area Initiative See video
IV Mesoamerican Congress on Protected Areas
save the date
IV Mesoamerican Congress on Protected Areas, San José, Costa Rica, 18-21 March 2014
Academics and stakeholders from the Mesoamerican region meet every three or four years in order to discuss and disseminate knowledge on planning, management and development of protected areas. Don't miss the BIOPAMA lunch session on 19 March!
Wadden Sea ©Ulrike Lamp
Following up
Twinning Arrangement Between Banc d'Arguin and Wadden Sea
Both parks are the most critical sites for migratory birds on the East Atlantic Flyway and are intimately connected in a unique and fascinating way.The twinning arrangement provides a framework for cooperation with a work package that will include support toward the designation of Banc d’Arguin National Park as a Particular Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) under the International Maritime Organization regulation – a status that was obtained by the Wadden Sea in 2002.
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