Inspiring success in conservation
  3 April 2014
The Green Belt of Fennoscandia : a model area for sustainable development

When cross-border cooperation works, its achievements are exemplary. Thanks to three nations working together - Finland, Russia and Norway - the Green Belt of Fennoscandia is set to become a model area that supports sustainable development. Stretching from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Ocean, it boasts high natural values brought together by national parks and protected areas on the territories of all three countries.

iucn world parks congress 2014
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Rahul Kumar
inspiring people
Rahul Kumar
21-year-old Rahul Kumar is a dedicated undergraduate Biology student from India. He has worked with several organizations in his home country to protect wildlife and create better practices for conserving natural habitats and resources. His project, an online platform to create awareness and public support for wildlife issues in the state of Bihar, India, was one of the winners of the 2013 CoalitionWILD Wilder World Challenge. He is now a CoalitionWILD Ambassador.
Kerama Islands National Park, Japan ©MOE Japan
inspiring places
Kerama Islands National Park, Japan
On 5 March 2014, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan designated the Kerama Islands in Okinawa as the country's 31st national park. Kerama Islands is the first new national park since 1987 when Kushiro Marshland in Hokkaido became a national park. In addition to their island landscapes, the Kerama Islands boast a wide variety of seascapes extending from the coast to the sea such as exceptionally transparent waters, known as the Kerama Blue; reefs densely populated by various species of corals; waters where humpback whales breed; sandy beaches; and the archipelago itself.
Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve ©Tannia Falconer - UICN
inspiring solutions
People power
In Mexico, protected areas are booming thanks to strong support from politicians and local people. Seventeen years ago, Patricia Ruiz Corzo as head of IUCN Member organisation Grupo Ecológico de Sierra Gorda realized that the way to make conservation efforts more enduring was to secure clear political support. Located in the heart of Mexico, the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve covers a third of Querétaro State. It has a rich diversity of ecosystems that are home to various threatened species such as the Jaguar and Green Macaw. According to the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, Mexico ranks second in the world in ecosystem diversity and fourth in species richness.
respecting people
Recognize innovative and inspiring people through the Kenton Miller Award
The deadline for nominations is 2 May 2014.
Innovation and dedication are essential for progress in our national parks and protected areas’ conservation objectives. The Kenton Miller Award celebrates individuals who are taking bold steps in protecting these most valued resources by recognizing their invaluable and innovative work.
Reptiles and amphibians are winners in Manù National Park, Peru ©
world heritage
Clear win for species in World Heritage sites
World Heritage has a key role in conserving some of the most irreplaceable natural habitats for many emblematic species. Out of the 222 natural World Heritage sites, 133 – or 60% – have Outstanding Universal Value based on their significance for species conservation, including threatened species. Natural World Heritage sites also account for half of the land covered by the protected areas identified as most critical to preventing extinctions of mammals, birds and amphibians, according to a recent study based on the World Database on Protected Areas and The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Agriculture in Garamba National Park © David Sheppard
Agriculture and conservation: land use conflict or opportunity for mutual gain?
The BIOPAMA Capacity Building Action Plan for Eastern and Southern Africa is focused on addressing land and resource use conflicts in and around protected areas, with particular emphasis on working with other sectors. After extractive industries and World Heritage, BIOPAMA is looking towards another major sector, agriculture, which can potentially be in competition with protected areas and biodiversity conservation in Africa.
hot off the press
Issue 20.1 of PARKS is out
The latest issue of PARKS has papers from five continents and covers a diverse range of protected areas issues. From community involvement in anti-poaching in Africa and protected area establishment in the Solomon Islands to fire management in Gabon. There are reviews of threats in Bangladesh, visitor attitudes in Iran, the development of temperate indigenous grassland conservation in South Africa. And finally a review of lessons learned in global climate change adaptation in Kenya, Mexico, Chile and Colombia.
Colorado State University, 10-25 September 2014
save the date
Planning and Managing Tourism in Protected Areas Mobile Seminar, Colorado State University, 10-25 September 2014
The seminar is an intensive, field-based training event for individuals working to promote sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation in parks and nature reserves worldwide. Taking place over two-and-a-half week, the seminar will build the skills of participants to plan and manage public use and outdoor recreation programmes in protected areas to build support for conservation, contribute to public health, fund protected area management, and provide economic benefits to local communities and national economies.
Monarch Butterfly World Heritage Site ©Jim Thorsell
following up
World Parks Congress Holds Promise for an Inspired Planet by Trisha Kehaulani Watson
In Xochitepec, Morelos, Mexico, conservation leaders from around the world have gathered to plan for the World Parks Congress, to be held in Sydney, Australia in November 2014. Held once every ten years, the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) is a global gathering on protected areas.
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