1218 - The conservation future of protected areas in two hotspots: combining traditions with 21st century approaches in Asia and investing in key critical areas in Africa's Eastern Afromontane region

11 September 2012 | Event

Protected Planet Pavillon 14:30-16:30

The Asian Philosophy of Protected Areas: Combining Ancient Traditions with 21st Century Management Approaches

The first event will focus on Asia’s approach to protected areas, which is deeply rooted in its ancient cultural values and spiritual traditions.
The concept of an “Asian Protected Areas Philosophy” will be briefly presented, based upon the latest findings of a project being carried out by WCPA Asia and the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Conservation Programme, Asia. A short discussion and debate will follow, aimed at addressing questions such as:
-Is there really such a thing as an “Asia Protected Areas Philosophy”?
-What particular features make the Asian approach to Protected Areas different?
-What are the implications of this “Asian PA philosophy” for Protected Area management at both regional and global levels?

Participants will also have an opportunity to hear about the latest plans for the Asia Parks Congress, which is to be held in Japan on 14th ~17th November 2013. This conference – the first of its kind to be held in Asia – will provide a valuable opportunity for the region to “take stock” in the run-up to the World Parks Congress in 2014.

The second event
Supporting civil society to apply innovative conservation approaches in Key Biodiversity Areas and Priority Corridors in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot - A call for proposals

The Eastern Afromontane Hotspot spans an area of one million square kilometers of mountains and high plateaus, including Saudi Arabia, the Ethiopian Highlands, the Albertine Rift region, and the mountain islands of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The region is remarkable for its biological diversity with more than 2,350 endemic plants, about 1,300 bird species (110 endemic to the Hotspot), nearly 500 mammal species (more than 100 of which are endemic), nearly 350 reptile species (more than 90 endemics) 230 amphibian species (nearly 70 endemics) and more than 890 species of fish (nearly 620 endemics). Yet only about 15 percent of the total area of the Hotspot is under some level of official protection. The ecosystems of the Hotspot provide tens of millions of people with freshwater and other ecosystem services that are essential to their survival.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l'Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the World Bank designed to help safeguard the world's biodiversity hotspots.

CEPF’s niche in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot is to support civil society to apply innovative approaches to conservation in under-capacitated and underfunded protected areas, key biodiversity areas and priority corridors; thereby enabling changes in policy and building resilience in the region’s ecosystems and economy to sustain biodiversity in the long term.

At the Protected Pavilion event, CEPF together with the Regional Implementation Team (IUCN and Birdlife International) will provide details of CEPF’s investment strategy and will announce the first call for proposals for grants to support conservation action in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot.