Protecting the Planet Newsletter: Inspiring conservation success 

BIOPAMA Special edition


Launch of Pacific Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) Programme is pleased to announce the commencement of an important new partnership that will see the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme as the host organization for the Regional Observatory for Protected Areas and Biodiversity in the Pacific Islands region.
IUCN world parks congress 2014
The clock is ticking and the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is now just two months away! With over 4,000 registered delegates, we are looking forward to an exciting eight days in Sydney, Australia.
If you are coming, there is still time to register and to obtain your visa. Don't forget that you can still book a field trip! And everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be registered to attend the Congress to go on a field trip.

Mangroves in Andros West Side National Park © Bahamas National Trust
inspiring PLACES
Andros West Side National Park, home of the national bird of the Bahamas

The Andros West Side National Park is one of the largest protected areas in the Western Atlantic/Caribbean region, located in the Astros Island in the Bahamas. It was established in 2002 and managed by The Bahamas National Trust and it encompasses areas of significant wetlands, extensive mangroves, and pine upland habitats that support exceptional natural systems. It is also the home of the national bird of the Bahamas, the endangered West Indian flamingo.
Nick de Goede © Paul Sutten
inspiring PEOPLE
Nick de Goede: Leading the way for transfrontier conservation areas in Southern Africa

Nick de Goede is the Park Manager for the South Africa side of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park between South Africa and Namibia.
He is one of the champions working in African protected areas that the IUCN Programme on African Protected Areas and Conservation, in collaboration with BIOPAMA, AFD and FIBA, is supporting to deliver the African messages at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.
Mine dump in Southern Joburg © Christine Mentzel
inspiring SOLUTIONS
Southern African States agree a common approach for extractive industries to consider biodiversity

A regional meeting hosted by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat developed the framework for the first best practice guidelines aiming to facilitate biodiversity conservation during the exploitation of mineral and hydrocarbon resources in the SADC Region. The workshop was convened in collaboration with the EU-funded BIOPAMA Programme and the IUCN Pan-African Protected Areas Conservation Programme, in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2-4 September 2014.
Nick Cox,
BIOPAMA Programme Manager
The capacity challenge for biodiversity conservation and protected areas

Nick Cox, BIOPAMA Programme Manager at the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, talks about his conservation perspectives and shares insights on choices, challenges and opportunities for a programme like BIOPAMA to achieve results, always keeping in mind the conservation goal.
 © Marie Fischborn
Indonesia commits to enhance the quality of its growing marine protected area network

This week the Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo, officially opened a joint IUCN and Coral Triangle Center training event on marine protected area governance. Supported by IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme through the Blue Solutions project partnership with GIZ and other organisations, the focus on marine protected area governance builds on the recent success stories in effectively protecting coastal and marine resources across many of Indonesia’s 7,000 islands.
Field trip to bring attention to geoheritage management in protected areas, Alto Tajo Natural Park
© L. Carcavilla
Reaching potential - building capacity development for protected areas

To reach their full potential and provide essential services, protected areas must be effectively managed. This requires a skilled, motivated and properly resourced workforce that has access to the latest thinking and best practice.
To address this situation, capacity development will be a focus of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014. During the Congress, a draft Road Map on Capacity Development with priority actions for the next 10 years will be discussed for endorsement.
Rita Okai © Parks Australia
Linking past, present and future: interview with Australian Indigenous Ranger, Rita Okai

Rita Okai is a young Indigenous Ranger who has lived and worked in the Mutitjulu Community within the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in central Australia. She will be sharing her experience at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.
BIOPAMA @ IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

A new page dedicated to the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 has been launched on the BIOPAMA website. Stay informed and learn the latest BIOPAMA news, activities and plans for the protected areas event of the decade.
Mieke van der Wansem explaining negotiation theory at BIOPAMA workshop © Christine Mentzel
Negotiation skills trainings for resolving conflicts in and around protected areas in Eastern and Southern Africa

BIOPAMA, in collaboration with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, is offering trainings on stakeholder engagement and negotiation skills, using the Mutual Gains Approach, to support efforts to better secure protected areas and key biodiversity areas in the Eastern and Southern African region. Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2014.

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