Global Protected Area News
 

24 January 2014

 
Colombia enhances marine protection
 
On December 18, 2013, Colombia formally declared Acandi, Playon and Playona Wildlife Sanctuaries as its newest national park, adding 26,232 hectares to the country’s marine protected area system, and providing further protection for the world’s largest sea turtle, the leatherback turtle, which is in danger of extinction.
 
 
 
Dr Tonia Cochran, Congress Field Trip Leader
 
iucn world parks congress
Explore amazing Australia on a Congress field trip
There are a number of Congress Field Trips available for your participation, whether it is the Greater Blue Mountains, Wet Tropics or Uluru, the field trips will showcase innovative partnerships and projects across the beautiful and diverse Australian landscape.
 
 
Spy Rock, Virginia, USA ©Brent McGuirt Photography
 
inspiring places
A haven for hikers and nature lovers in the Eastern US  –  The Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a continuous, marked footpath that contains a vast array of scenic and natural wonders: magnificent alpine and mountain habitats, spectacular lakes, rivers and streams, stately hardwood and coniferous forests, and pastoral fields, farmlands, and meadows.
 
 
Harvey Locke
 
inspiring people
Harvey Locke
Strategic Advisor for the Wild Foundation and long-term Canadian conservationist, Harvey received one of the highest honors for conservation in Canada, the J.B. Harkin Award, for his lifetime of service to Canadian wilderness conservation. The award acknowledges the work and dedication of individuals who exemplify the same standards for conservation as the award’s namesake, J. B. Harkin.
 
 
Grizzly bear family crossing temple overpass ©Parks Canada
 
INSPIRING SOLUTIONS
Keeping wildlife connected in the mountain parks of Canada
With rising human population growth and development, maintaining wildlife connectivity in protected areas can be a challenge. Parks Canada, a partner in the longest running wildlife crossing study in the world, is working to apply innovative solutions in the areas it manages.
 
 
Belize Barrier Reef ©Jim Thorsell
 
BIOPAMA
Belize protected areas initiative is a potential model for other BIOPAMA members in the Caribbean
In an effort to meet national objectives to address the nation's challenges in protected areas management, Belize is currently undertaking a project that could revolutionize protected area funding and leverage sustainable change while complementing BIOPAMA’s goals in the Caribbean region.
 
 
 
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Caribbean Protected Areas Website
Parks Caribbean is a new website designed to highlight the multiple social and economic benefits derived from protected areas. The website provides general information and publications that can be used for policy formulation and policy development.
 
 
IV Congreso Mesoamericano de Áreas Protegidas
 
SAVE THE DATE
IV Mesoamerican Congress on Protected Areas, San José, Costa Rica, 18-21 March 2014
Academics and stakeholders from the Mesoamerican region meet every three or four years in order to discuss and disseminate knowledge on planning, management and development of protected areas.
 
 
Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo, Indonesia ©Jamie Kemsey
 
FOLLOWING UP
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans Global Workshop, 11-15 November 2013
This workshop was held to review progress and build capacity for the NBSAP revision process, and primarily targeted the national GEF-EA Project Coordinators. Results and papers from the meeting can be accessed through the link below. Developing new NBSAPs is crucial for protected area systems and will be discussed in the World Parks Congress.
 
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