14 DECMBER 2012
In November 2012 the Australian Government announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves. The government proclaimed 44 marine reserves a network, covering 2.3 million square kilometres, a full third of Australia’s ocean territory. The reserves are home to 45 of the world’s 78 whale and dolphin species, six of the seven known species of marine turtle, and 4,000 fish species. The government received support from over 500,000 Australians, who commented positively on the creation of the network.
Francesco Framarin, Gran Paradiso National Park Director
Francesco Framarin - 41 years for the bearded vulture
The last documented shooting of a Bearded vulture, Gypaetus barbatus, in the Alps took place in 1912, in a valley which is now included in the Italian Gran Paradiso National Park. Exactly 100 years later, two pairs of vultures successfully bred in the same area. Those birds originate from an IUCN and WWF International project started in 1978, which continues to this day. Today about 150 bearded vultures fly over the Italian and French Alps.
Iguaçu National Park, Brazil © IUCN Jim Thorsell
inspiring places
Iguaçu National Park, Brazil
Iguaçu National Park in south eastern Brazil is the last testimony of the semi-deciduous forest that used to cover large landscapes of Brazil. It has a place in history as Brazil’s first proposed national park in 1876.

Several large rivers run through the dense and high forest, including the Floriano River watershed, which is the only watershed in southern Brazil flanked by entirely conserved forests.

All rivers of the park flow into the Iguaçu River and create an incredible spectacle: Iguaçu Falls, the park’s biggest attraction. The falls plummet from a height of 72 meters. In the Guarani and Tupi language, the word “Iguaçu” actually means “big water”.
PARKS 18.2
Hot off the press
PARKS International Journal 18.2
This issue of PARKS is focused on the potential contributions to achieving the Aichi Targets from tourism and visitation. Tourism is highly relevant to biodiversity conservation and protected area management and planning, and can contribute to several of the Aichi targets.

Authors in this issue explore how, for example, tourism can help achieve public awareness of biodiversity values and opportunities for conservation, keep impacts within safe ecological limits, increase global coverage of protected areas, and promote fair and equitable sharing of benefits from tourism and biodiversity.
Shaba National Reserve, Kenya © IUCN Jim Thorsell
ESARO Regional Workshop
Three days of work in South Africa from Dec 4 - 6 led to breakthroughs for BIOPAMA. The meeting, convened by the main BIOPAMA partners, IUCN and the EC-JRC identified information needs, gaps and products for better decision making on PAs in Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as priority capacity building needs linked to better decision making.
Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems
save the date
The first meeting of the Platform’s Plenary (IPBES-1) will be held in Bonn, Germany from 21 to 26 January 2013, hosted by the Government of Germany.
World Database on Protected Areas
following up
WDPA workshops
Maintenance of information in the WDPA database for three countries in Asia – China, Japan and the Republic of Korea – is a challenge that the WCPA, in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, the Korea National Parks Service (KNPS) and the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Conservation, Asia (RBCP) has tackled with national workshops aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the global data standards, present national PA information systems and current data challenges.
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