World Commission on Protected Areas

We are the premier network of 2500 experts from 140 countries that mobilizes action in science, conservation, policy, and engagement to support well managed and connected parks and other protected areas

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The Commission develops knowledge based policy, advice and guidance on the full suite of issues surrounding protected areas through the establishment of Specialist Groups and Task Forces. We bring together global experts to find solutions for programme priorities, including global protected area standards and Best Practice Guidelines.

 

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  • Pathfinder Award 2018 winner - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust Dr Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt, with Mirjam de Koning, Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust, winner of the Pathfinder Award Photo: IUCN

    Supporting protected areas across boundaries in the Balkans - Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust wins the 2018 Pathfinder Award

    19.11.2018

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as well as WildArk – A Movement for the Wild are thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Pathfinder Award for innovation in nature...

  • Locally managed marine protected area, Lefaga Bay, Upolu island, Samoa Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Imène Meliane

    Report shows 15% of terrestrial and 7% of marine areas now covered by protected areas

    18.11.2018

    Around 15% of the world’s terrestrial area is better safeguarded by conservation measures, as well as over 7% of the world’s oceans, ensuring the world is on track to meet important conservation targets, according to the latest Protected Planet Report.

  • Isle of Vilm, Germany Photo: Trevor Sandwith/IUCN

    Going for Green in Egypt

    02.11.2018

    The International Nature Conservation Academy on the Island of Vilm in northern Germany was host to a workshop focused on the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Area over the weekend of 26-27 October. It included the first ever formal meeting of the...

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Best Practice Guidelines


Global Guidelines for protected area practitioners

 

PARKS Special Issue on OECMS June 2018 Photo: IUCN Parks Journal

The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation

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We strongly encourage protected area professionals and leaders of all age groups, areas of specialization and world regions interested in contributing to protected areas conservation to apply for Membership.

 

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Natural Solutions

THe IUCN WCPA Natural Solutions Theme promotes and develops the potential for protected areas to deliver a range of ecosystem services.

 

Grouper in Caribbean Marine Protected Area. Photo: Craig Dahlgren

Green List

The IUCN WCPA Green List Specialist Group will contribute to fostering an IUCN Green List Community within WCPA and across the Union that works to develop and support the IUCN Green List as a major IUCN initiative to improve the management of protected areas globally....
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