"Protected Areas in drylands must involve communities”

Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich, Deputy Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), says that the main threats to drylands come from exotic species and mismanagement – both in his home country Mexico and worldwide.

Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich Photo: Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich

Listen to Ernesto:



Climate change is a global threat that is especially strongly felt in dryland areas. The increase of extreme drought and flood events combines with land degradation and further impairs food security of local people. We asked Ernesto how dryland protected areas can help address the effects of climate change.



In the past, protected areas in drylands have often been established without consideration of the knowledge and needs of indigenous people. According to Ernesto, that is the reason why they are in general not well perceived by communities. He says that modern conservation is about inclusion of humans, and that protected areas can maintain and legalize access to resources in a sustainable way.


Listen to Ernesto talking about how dryland protected areas should be governed to ensure that the needs of local people are aligned with nature conservation, and how IUCN can work on that in the future.


Interviewer: Marie Fischborn, GPAP

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