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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  • Pedro Rosabal, advocate of protected areas Pedro Rosabal, advocate and hero of protected areas Photo: IUCN/Trevor Sandwith

    Pedro Rosabal Gonzalez, unsung hero in a life of protected areas and nature conservation

    08.01.2020

    Our friend and colleague Pedro Rosabal Gonzalez, who served as Deputy Director of the Global Protected Areas Programme, left IUCN at the end of November 2019 after an extensive period of medical leave. Pedro made his mark on the programme, and was one of...

  • Lionesses in safari lodge Lionesses in safari lodge Photo: Wilderness Safaris

    Creating value in the wildlife economy

    08.01.2020

    Dr Sue Snyman used studies of southern African protected areas, their tourist facilities, and their communities, to answer questions of why conservation in these African nations makes the wildlife economy valuable (at the Global Wildlife Program annual...

  • Map of EU Overseas (BEST) territories Map of EU Overseas (BEST) territories Photo: BEST

    The EU Overseas size, diversity, and how these giant needs are BEST addressed

    06.01.2020

    A land mass as big as the entire EU, the largest marine domain on the planet, over 70% of EU species, more than 150 islands, over 20% of the world's coral reefs. This is the EU Overseas. But with great space comes great responsibility. How does BEST (...

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Wilderness Best Practice Guidelines 25 Photo: IUCN WCPA

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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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 of Protected and Conserved Areas 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...
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