12 November 2015
It's with great pleasure that IUCN welcomes Dr Kathy MacKinnon as the new Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas and Julia Miranda Londoño as the new Deputy Chair, recognising the significant contribution that the former Chair Ernesto Enkerlin Hoeflich made during his tenure.  Kathy is no stranger to the WCPA, having been closely involved with biodiversity conservation and protected areas for over forty years.  In a recent interview, Kathy enthusiastically explains her views on the role of protected areas for safeguarding biodiversity, as well as the future priorities of the WCPA in rolling out the Promise of Sydney.
Youth in Havasu Park © USA NPS
health & well-being
This month’s theme invokes many inspiring places.  All protected areas are truly inspiring when one considers the huge contribution they make in so many ways to human health and well-being, through the provision of oxygen, clean water, food and medicinal plants, bioprospecting, disaster risk reduction, and health care by providing safe, clean and beautiful environments for people to walk and move in.  Protected areas and the biodiversity they conserve are also crucial to address climate change...
Katiti Petermann IPA Declaration Ceremony © Central Land Council
inspiring places
Beyond Uluru: In the heart and heat of Australia, two ceremonies in October provided reflection, hope and promised new action to recognise and support for aboriginal management of their lands. Deep in the Australian Outback, the 30th anniversary of the handing back of the iconic and its cultural and natural heritage in and around the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park and World Heritage Area was celebrated, together with the announcement of new opportunities for the aboriginal guardians of the Katiti / Petermann Range Indigenous Protected Area in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Dr Matti Helminen © Liisa Nikuls
inspiring people
A protected area pioneer: Dr Matti Helminen's legacy to conservation
It's with great sadness that IUCN records the passing of Dr MATTI HELMINEN, a long-standing member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and active contributor to the IUCN National Committee of Finland.  Dr Helminen was an international pioneer in protected area management organisation since the 1960s, and beloved by the public as a nature expert on Finnish radio and television.  His death is a tremendous loss to the world of nature conservation and he will be fondly remembered.
Aquaculture: Sea cucumber farmers, © Garth Cripps
inspiring SOLUTIONS
By taking an integrated 'community-health-environment' approach, Blue Ventures supports the empowerment of coastal communities in Madagascar. The establishment of locally managed marine areas conserves reef and fish stocks, enhancing food security. Development of alternative livelihoods such as seaweed farming provides additional income,  paying for better education and health services. In combination with support for the promotion of reproductive health, this inspiring solution achieves holistic conservation and development impacts.
Western Province, Solomon Islands © Helen Pippard
Land and sea areas managed through community stewardship, whether designated as “protected areas” or not, make a substantial contribution to biodiversity conservation, health and well-being, culture and livelihoods. The improved quality and access to information on those areas is a crucial objective of the BIOPAMA observatories. Our experience in the Solomon Islands, through the collaboration with governments, international and local NGOs, regional actors and community groups, reveals the breadth of interaction required to develop access to, and sharing of information.
 © Carla Danelutti
green list
The revised draft Standard for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas is currently open for public consultation. Are the current 20 criteria sufficient? Do they describe all the elements of success? Are there any gaps? Are social concerns and outcomes adequately addressed in the framework?  Here is your chance to comment, and also read up on three diverse examples of Green List areas that show how protected areas can deliver health and well-being for local people.
© Austin Schmid
world heritage
Video: how World Heritage can protect the high seas
Learn why IUCN, UNESCO and the Living Oceans Foundation have joined forces to explore how the World Heritage Convention could protect the high seas. Covering almost half the planet, this unique and vast area of the ocean beyond national jurisdiction is largely unprotected. IUCN identified the high seas as a major gap on the World Heritage List in 2013.
World Parks Congress 2014 © IUCN/Wayne Quilliam
promise of sydney
Parks for the Planet Forum,  8-11 November 2015, Salzburg, Austria 
A key component of the Promise of Sydney was the realisation that nature - and nature connectedness - can and must be deployed to tackle impacts on human health and well-being linked to rapid urbanization.  The Parks for the Planet Forum marks the first anniversary of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, highlighted the potential to reconnect growing urban populations with nature to achieve co-benefits for health and well-being, while reducing vulnerability to climate-related and environmental challenges.
Doctors prescribing nature © NPS
Protected areas play a critical role in maintaining human health and well-being, although these benefits are just beginning to be understood and applied by the health sector.  The links between protected areas and human health and the need to create stronger partnerships and alliances between the conservation and health sectors was a key theme at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 and is a continuing high priority for IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas.  This briefing outlines the role that protected areas can play in securing a range of ecosystem services beneficial to human health.
hot off the press
The latest issue of IUCN WCPA’s peer-reviewed journal PARKS is out. The journal’s aim of building global knowledge and best practice in protected area management is continued in this issue with papers from Africa (Ghana/Zambia), North America and South America (Paraguay), Asia (India/Nepal) and Australia. Issues are diverse covering Indigenous protected areas, buffer zone and local community management, tourism, reptilian conservation and the urgent need to connect people to nature.
Capacity development materials for protected areas law
IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos.
Zanzibar: Dhow racing in the afternoon © Yannick Beaudoin
get involved
Call for Blue Solutions
The Blue Solutions initiative is looking for solutions to share at the upcoming Regional Forum on Solutions for Oceans, Coasts and Human Well-being in Africa, in June 2016.  You have the opportunity to share your successful experiences related to marine and coastal planning, management and governance for sustainable development. Your Blue Solution will be shared on the online platform and if submitted by the 30th of November, will be considered for presentation at the Regional Forum. Solutions can be related to various topics (biodiversity conservation, sustainable fisheries, sustainable tourism, …) but must meet three criteria…
Spring drop © NPS
save the date
The proceedings of the Improving Health and Well-being: Healthy Parks Healthy People stream at the IUCN World Parks Congress have been recorded and compiled in a comprehensive report of each stream session that offers an excellent overview of recent research, examples of the Healthy Parks Healthy People approach and other similar approaches in use around the world. It also includes all of the policy options and the innovative approaches and recommendations produced by the stream. The report will be available in the coming weeks for free download at
Open discussions between community members and the park agency. © Bruce Downie
Conservation and development – finding community-led solutions in Tanzania’s Saadani National Park
Marie Fischborn of IUCN's Global Protected Areas Programme went to Tanzania recently to volunteer with the Kesho Trust. They aim to improve relationships between the park agency and the villages, equally allowing her to take the work of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme on protected area solutions and ‘solution-ing’ to the grassroots level.  Read Marie's blog here.
© IUCN/Intu Boedhihartono
IUCN will be participating in the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France from November 30 to December 12 2015.


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