What is success in protected areas, and how can we better learn from it?

The Panorama, a new platform of protected area success stories, offers an opportunity to share and adapt solutions that work in protected areas. Aiming to build a lasting community of innovation with a broad range of practitioners, it highlights existing solutions to support ongoing progress. These solutions are also part of the Promise of Sydney, as they show evidence of success in protected areas that can inspire future action.

Mount Kenya National Park

IUCN, with an initial set of partners, has embarked on an effort to assemble solutions into the Panorama. A first batch of inspiring solutions will be shared at the 2014 World Parks Congress on a newly developed online platform.  The Panorama experience will engage a broad range of practitioners—including those attending and presenting at WPC along with those unable to participate at Sydney—to build a lasting community of innovation.

To date, the Panorama has collated a number of solutions, including:

  • A water fund that has downstream beneficiaries in Nairobi pay to support upstream landowners and so support them in maintaining good land management practices around the Mount Kenya World Heritage site.
  • Coupling awareness raising with the promotion of agro-forestry and community development in a community forest in Nigeria to address deforestation, drought, fire, flood and food insecurity.
  • The declaration of a marine protected area in order to regulate fishing activities and pollution in the city of Hoi An, Vietnam, to support the city becoming an eco-city by 2030.

These examples show how protected areas can provide solutions to pressing challenges, or demonstrate how protected area management can be successful – Solutions THROUGH, solutions FOR protected areas.

The Panorama’s assumption is that, if we share successful approaches and understand the key factors that made them work, we can not only replicate these successes, but also innovate to create new solutions.  Specifically, this will enable protected area practitioners, planners, legislators, funders and project managers to learn from proven approaches and apply them to different geographic, issue, or sectorial contexts. It will make information on how others have tackled similar problems more readily available.

Share your stories of success and your feedback

After 10 November, please visit the Panorama platform at www.panorama.solutions, and explore the solutions, submit your own, and send us feedback on the initiative. We are keen to have your suggestions on how to take this effort forward and make it a valuable resource for the protected area community.

If you are attending the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014, look out for our team of “solution sourcers” at the Panorama booth near the cafeteria. You probably have a success story to tell – and we want to hear it!

Also, if you will be at the Congress, don’t miss the opportunity to get more acquainted with some of these solutions and their providers: Discuss marine protected area solutions at the daily Blue Solutions session at the Ocean+ pavilion (10:30 am), and attend a Panorama Congress Event on 18 November (7:30 pm, Nature Based Solutions pavilion).

Work area: 
Protected Areas
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