In the first week in April, 2014, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held a meeting of the steering committee on Capacity Building for Protected Areas Law and Governance. ELC welcomed representatives working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania, consisting of both practitioners and academics, lawyers and non-lawyers, including partners from the World Commission on Environmental Law, the World Commission on Protected Areas, the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, and IUCN regional offices.
The steering committee members met to discuss development and promotion of teaching materials for building legal literacy as well as competence with protected area management concepts. This work is part of a three year project that builds on two core ELC publications: the Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation and the Concept Paper on the Legal Aspects of Connectivity: Environmental Policy and Law Papers number 81 and 85 respectively. The current project aims to promote access to the knowledge contained in these publications while building skills for successful development and implementation of protected areas related law.
The meeting was preceded by a three day workshop at which experts met to work on drafts of teaching materials and plan the development of a comprehensive modular curriculum for teaching protected areas law and governance concepts and skills. Components of the curriculum are intended to be showcased at the World Parks Congress in Sydney in November 2014, and the complete package of teaching materials will be launched late 2015.