An IUCN-led workshop on the future of the CBD Programme of work on Protected Areas, started today in Jeju Island, South Korea. The workshop will focus on ways to address the new challenges to protected areas, including climate change.
The programme is considered very influential in promoting key actions on protected area planning, management and governance issues.The goal of this workshop is to review the programme and to enhance its effective contribution to achieve the CBD Goals in relation to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity.
“The Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) has achieved many sucesses – says Nik Lopoukhine, Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)- however protected areas continue to face many challenges with climate change and other emerging issues as added concerns. Accordingly it is imperative that such new challenges and the implementation of POWPA are carefully assessed and on that basis propose targeted recommendations and enhancments for the consideration of the Parties of the Convention. That’s the objective of the meeting at Jeju”.
The workshop is jointly organized by IUCN/WCPA, the IUCN Protected Areas Programme, the CBD Secretariat, the Ministry of the Environment of Korea, and Korea National Parks Service (KNPS) and its implementation and follow-up is supported by UNEP- Spain Lifeweb Project, The Netherlands, Canada, Finland and Conservation International.
• 14-17 September 2009, Jeju Korea
• Jane Smart, Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN Tel :+41 794 154 100
• Nik Lopoukhine, Chair IUCN WCPA; Tel: +1 613 277 3290
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