Professionals charged with promoting biodiversity in Peru gained access to tools and methods that will help them achieve results. They attended a workshop on CEPA - Communication, Education and Public Awareness offered by IUCN CEC member Marta Andelman at the Peruvian Natural Protected Areas Forum.
III FORO NACIONAL AREAS NATURALES PROTEGIDAS PERU
Marta Andelman, a CEC member from Argentina, facilitated a four-hour CEPA workshop during the Peruvian Natural Protected Areas Forum. More than 400 participants met for three days to discuss the current situation and future of protected areas in Peru.
"My workshop had 37 participants, all working in relation to protected areas and biodiversity management, including directors of national protected areas, civil servants and NGO staff," Marta reports. "The workshop generated much interest in the Ministry of Environment and in the National Park Service to plan other activities and the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity."
Using CEPA techniques for the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is a good approach for Peru, which has been identified as a megadiverse country by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Biodiversity in Peru, however, is experiencing an increasing impact through tourism, mining, deforestation and other forces. "There is huge job to do and a great demand for capacity building in CEPA issues. I believe that his workshop and the joint Steering Committee meeting of IUCN's CEC and WCPA in Quito are opening a bridge with the environmental management in South America. It is a good time and a good opportunity for the CEC to extend our actions in this framework."
Marta distributed 50 copies of the CEPA Toolkit on CD (in Spanish), which she had received from David Ainsworth of the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity when in Montreal for the World Environmental Education Conference earlier this year.
The CEPA workshop in Peru was a very practical and participatory event. It focused on change management and communication strategies, which participants explored through the context of their own work. They shared reflections and explored diverse solutions to address problems in various sectors. Several CEC members advised Marta on workshop's structure, including Frits Hesselink, Susana Calvo and Ana Puyol.
CEPA tools and methods, conveyed in workshops such as this one in Peru, can help CEC to make a difference. "The Latin-American CEC challenge is to develope our activities to facilitate the integration of social instruments to achieve the environmental objectives of the region, together with the biodiversity managers," Marta says.
The Peruvian Natural Protected Areas Forum was organized by following groups, in addition to a number of NGOs and other government offices:
- IUCN Peru Committee (Comite Peruano de la UICN)
- Apoyar la Conservacion de la Naturaleza en el Peru (APECO)
- IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (Grupo Nacional Peruano de la Comision Mundial de Areas Naturales Protegidas de la UICN)
- Peru National Park Service (Ministerio del Ambiente, Servicio Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas por el Estatado)
Key organizers of the event included CEC member Sofia Brutton, a social animator in Peru, and Silvia Sanchez, both of APECO.
A video report (transmision en vivo del III Foro ANP) is available on this website: http://www.foroanp.pe/