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Attendees at the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) second Regional Steering Committee meeting

Asia Protected Areas Partnership gathers pace as Steering Committee meets in Bangkok

“APAP has made tremendous progress. It has greatly expanded its membership, and is now becoming truly regional in scope; it has a clearer identity and a much higher profile; and most importantly, it has started to fulfil its vision of being a platform for sharing best practices in protected area management."

The above quote by Dr Scott Perkin (Head, Natural Resources Group, IUCN Asia) at the recent meeting of the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) summarises APAP’s achievements over the last year.  Held in Bangkok from 14-15 July 2016, the annual Steering Committee was attended by representatives from APAP member countries and several international organisations, with the aim of assessing the Partnership’s achievements and discussing the way forward.  

Bialowieza Forest, Poland and Belarus

Poland to report on impacts of felling in Bialowieza Forest in 2017, as advised by IUCN

The World Heritage Committee has requested Poland to submit, by February 2017, an evaluation of impacts of forest management within Bialowieza Forest, known for its undisturbed ecological processes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) noted yesterday at UNESCO’s annual meeting of the Committee that a new conservation plan is urgently needed, following an advisory mission to the site in late June.


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