Protected Areas

The conservation community is celebrating a new marine protected area (MPA) for Canada’s ancient and unique glass sponge reefs, which provide a vital...
The new MPA lies on a site  designated as a Hope Spot- sites that are internationally recognised for their importance to the global ocean’s (and thus people’s) health. “The reefs are an... Read more
Based on the PARKS 23.1 paper A Governance Spectrum: Protected Areas in Belize.  Belize is one of the smallest non-island states in the Americas,...
A British colony until 1981, Belize has three distinct physiographic regions: the flat northern lowlands consisting primarily of limestone and sandy soils, with a complex mosaic of lowland, semi-... Read more
The Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia (PNNC) hosted this year’s annual WCPA Steering Committee meeting in Cartagena, Colombia.  The meeting...
Presentations and discussions focused on regional and thematic WCPA priorities, cross-Commission support with the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), Marine priorities including the upcoming... Read more
Earth Optimism, an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media, is a ...
The initiative cumulated to a series of 27 parallel sister events was held all around the world, from Hawaii to Hong Kong, to celebrate reasons for optimism in conservation on the occasion of... Read more
Beyond conservation science, World Heritage is driven by human motivations such as pride, and passion. Bantu Lukambo and Josué Kambasu Mukura were...
Words by Pierre Lefèvre, environmental journalist Fighting to preserve the natural richness of Virunga National Park is the deed of two Congolese men, Bantu Lukumba and Josué Kambasu Mukura – at... Read more
PANORAMA is a partnership initiative to find and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development...
Explore over 300 examples of solutions around protected areas and other topics on the PANORAMA web platform. Watch past PANORAMA webinars on gender mainstreaming solutions... Read more
WCPA Chair Kathy MACKINNON   WCPA Deputy Chair Julia MIRANDA LONDOÑO   WCPA Regional Vice Chairs Eastern and Southern Africa John WAITHAKA... Read more
Countries of the Region Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama Objectives Strengthening the design, management and monitoring of protected area systems in... Read more
WCPA has 13 terrestrial regions, which correspond to the IUCN Regions. Each is encouraged to develop its own regional programme and a number have developed Regional Action Plans for Protected... Read more
Countries of the Region Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dutch Special... Read more
IUCN WCPA Capacity Development Theme
NEW: A Global Register of Competences for Protected Area Practitioners                                ... Read more
The following Specialist Groups and Task Forces have been established by IUCN WCPA.  The General Terms of Reference for Specialist Group and Task Force Leaders can be downloaded here: TORs... Read more


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