IUCN Global protected area news 13 September 2013 
 
ocean elders tap WCPA and IUCN for new advisors 
 
Ocean Elders have recently appointed a group of four world experts on oceans to advise them. The names will be familiar to many, with two drawn from IUCN and the WCPA. Dan Laffoley is Marine Vice-Chair for WCPA and Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme.
 
 
 
Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin ©IUCN ELP
 
inspiring people 
IN MEMORIUM: Farewell, Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin
As most of you will be aware, Françoise passed away recently, and the conservation community is mourning the loss of this wonderful friend of protected areas. Our thoughts go to Wolfgang at this time....they were a formidable team in life and work. Many of you will have your own memories of Françoise to share, and you are encouraged to visit the IUCN web page to record these.
 
 
 
IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre signing the MOU with Global Protected Areas Programme Director Trevor Sandwith ©IUCN 
 
World Parks congress
WPC MOU signed 
The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IUCN and the WPC hosts Australia was signed on 12 September in ceremonies in Australia and IUCN Headquarters in Gland. Peter Cochrane, Director of National Parks and Sally Barnes, Chief Executive, New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage signed for Australia, while Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, and Trevor Sandwith, Director,Global Protected Areas Programme signed for IUCN. 
 
 
Islas Ballestas ©Sara Giovannini, IUCN
 
inspiring places
A bird droppings biodiversity paradise – the Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve System, Peru
The Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve System in Peru represents an important network of MPAs, full of history and biodiversity. Before the invention of synthetic fertilizers, guano from bird droppings was an essential agricultural fertilizer.
 
 
Dr Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend ©Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend
 
perspective
Dr. Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend – Global Coordinator of the ICCA Consortium and principal author of Governance of Protected Areas - From understanding to action, the newest of IUCN’s Best Practice in Protected Area Guidelines 
In just a few words, governance encapsulates “who takes decisions” about protected areas, and “how those decisions are taken”.  Formal authority, responsibility and accountability are a large part of what this is all about, but not the only one. 
 
 
Governance Guidelines cover 
 
Hot Off the press
Governance of Protected Areas -- From understanding to action
Volume 20 of the IUCN Best Practice in Protected Areas guidelines series is dedicated to enhancing the capacities of professionals, rightsholders and stakeholders to govern protected area systems and sites. Part 1 of the volume offers concepts and tools to understand the four main protected area governance types and the set of principles of good governance recognised by IUCN, while Part 2 offers practical guidance for those willing to embark on the process of assessing, evaluating and improving governance for their systems of protected areas or for individual protected area sites.
 
 
Tony O'Keeffe ©IUCN ORO
 
biopama 
Introducing Tony O’Keeffe, new BIOPAMA focal point for the Pacific
Tony O’Keeffe has recently joined the growing team at IUCN Oceania as the Protected Areas Coordinator and will lead activities for BIOPAMA in the region. Tony is Australian and has worked for over 25 years in conservation management.  He has experience in just about every aspect of natural area management from field operations and project management through to high end strategic land use planning and policy creation.
 
 
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica ©Jamie Kemsey 
 
SAVe the Date 
World Forum on Natural Capital, 21 - 22 November 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland 
The inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital will be the first major global conference devoted exclusively to turning the debate on natural capital accounting into action. It will build on the enormous private sector interest shown at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012 and the many developments that have taken place since. IUCN is a Forum associate partner and Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre will be a featured speaker.
 
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