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  Asia parks congress special edition

8 november 2013

 
New park rises from the ashes of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami
 
As the Asia Parks Congress sets to open in Sendai, Japan, a new national park in the region devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami is seeding hope for local communities.
 
 
 
 
world parks congress
7 days to registration
In a week's time, registration will open for the most important protected area event of the decade. Registering early ensures participation and competitive rates. Check the updated WPC website on November 15th. 
 
 
Paem Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary © IUCN/Roengchai Kongmuang
 
inspiring places
Paem Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambodia
Paem Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary (PKWS) covers around 26,000 Hectares in Southwest Cambodia. One part of PKWS, Koh Kapik, is also one of Cambodia’s three existing Ramsar sites. Mainly composed of small alluvial islands, it supports one of the largest and most undisturbed mangrove forests in Southeast Asia. The mangroves play a critical role in supporting fisheries, preventing erosion, providing storm protection, conserving biodiversity and sequestering carbon.
 
 
Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India © Jamie Kemsey 
 
inspiring people
Battling Wildlife Crime in South Asia - Dr. Shekhar Kumar Niraj  
A life-long dedication to wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, with a strong focus on fighting wildlife crime, characterizes Dr. Shekhar Niraj as one of South Asia’s most visible and respected conservation leaders. Currently the Head of TRAFFIC India, Dr. Niraj gained extensive experience in the field working in protected areas with the Indian Forest Service, contributing to combating wildlife trade and poaching on a large scale.   
 
 
 
Villagers mapping potential eco tourism sites © Nantana Atibodhi
 
inspiring solutions
Enhancing Sustainable Resource Management Capacity in Thailand Pang Sida, a mountainous forest area in Eastern Thailand that forms part of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Dong-Phyayen-Kao Yai Forest Complex, has been selected as the first demonstration site for the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund (KNCF) supported project “Enhancing Sustainable Resource Management Capacity in Protected Areas in Asia”.
 
 
Sanriku Reconstruction National Park, Japan © Ministry of the Environment Japan
 
Asia Parks Congress
Final preparations are underway for the First Asia Parks Congress, which takes place next week 13 - 17 November in Sendai, Japan. Taking place one year ahead of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, the Asia Parks Congress will serve as a valuable lead-in to the world gathering by addressing challenges facing Asia's protected areas and charting a course for the future. 
 
 
BIOPAMA Knowledge Café at IMPAC 3 © Marie Fischborn
 
biopama
BIOPAMA addresses capacity development needs at marine conference
A BIOPAMA knowledge café at the recent International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) attracted stakeholders and interested parties to help identify inspiring solutions to address capacity development needs for marine protected areas.
 
 
PARKS Journal 19.2
 
hot off the press
Parks Journal 19.2
The latest issue of Parks Journal focuses on Asia in advance of the Asia Parks Congress. Features and editorials on disaster risk reduction, Cambodia's Eastern Plains Landscape and multi-level co-management in government designated protected areas in Southeast Asia are included, along with features on transboundary protected areas management in West Africa, the vulnerability of communities facing climate change in Senegal and implementing a renewable energy system at a world heritage site, the Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles.   
 
 
European Development Days, 26-27 November 2013, Brussels, Belgium
 
save the date
European Development Days
Organised by the European Commission, European Development Days is Europe’s premier forum on international affairs and development cooperation. One of the fastest-growing international forums, it has become a landmark event in the development calendar
 
 
Ocean, our planet's "blue heart" © Octavio Aburto
 
following up
No time to lose for our planet’s “blue heart”
A strong commitment to conserve and sustainably manage the ocean, including areas beyond national jurisdiction, was among the outcomes of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3).
 
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