Born in Barcelona in 1966. Miquel Rafa is the Director of Sustainability and Nature at the Foundation Catalunya-La Pedrera, where he works since 1998. Biologist, specialized in nature conservation ...
IUCN WCPA Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship Specialist Group
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The Privately Protected Areas & Nature Stewardship Specialist Group aims to improve understanding and recognition of the role of private approaches to nature conservation, and enhance the ...The Privately Protected Areas & Nature Stewardship Specialist Group aims to improve understanding and recognition of the role of private approaches to nature conservation, and enhance the effectiveness of privately protected and conserved areas through information gathering and sharing at the global level.
Mr Miquel RAFA
Born in Barcelona in 1966. Miquel Rafa is the Director of Sustainability and Nature at the Foundation Catalunya-La Pedrera, where he works since 1998. Biologist, specialized in nature conservation with an experience of over 30 years working for conservation NGOs in Catalonia and at international level (DEPANA, WWF, IUCN, EUROSITE, UIAA, etc.). President of the Nature Conservation Council of Catalonia and member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUICN- WCPA). Has collaborated in numerous radio and TV programmes as a communicator on Nature and travels around the globe. A passionate alpinist, has climbed many peaks in the Pyrenees, Alps, Andes and Himalaya and has also travelled to many natural areas over the world in search of wildlife. The FOUNDATION CATALUNYA- LA PEDRERA is a major institution in Catalonia that works in several areas “to help People to build a better and fairer future”. The Foundation has been re-founded in 2013 and is the owner and maintains a considerable cultural and natural heritage, such as the charismatic and World Heritage building of La Pedrera, a masterpiece of architect Gaudi in Barcelona, or a multicultural centre around the 10th. century Romanesque Monastery of Sant Benet del Bages, not far from Barcelona. On the side of natural heritage and environment, the Foundation is the major land trust in Catalonia and helps protect a network of 25 natural sites, visited by more than 400.000 people per year, and manages two environmental education centres, in the Pyrenees and in the Ebro Delta, the latter included in the Biosphere Reserve “Terres de l’Ebre”.
Privately Protected Areas (PPAs) are under-represented in national protected area systems and under-reported internationally despite the fact that they are a rapidly growing element of the conservation estate.
A Privately Protected Area (PPA) is a protected area, as defined by IUCN, under
- private governance (i.e. individuals and groups of individuals);
- non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- corporations (both existing commercial companies and sometimes corporations set up by groups of private owners to manage groups of PPAs);
- for-profit owners;
- research entities (e.g. universities, field stations) or
- religious entities.
We define stewardship as efforts to create, nurture & enable responsibility in landowners and resource users to manage and protect natural and cultural resources.
Privately protected areas will be an essential component in achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 on completing ecologically representative protected area networks around the world. Privately protected areas provide the opportunity for voluntary contributions to conservation, complementing the role of governmental agencies, indigenous peoples and communities in caring for nature.
Privately Protected Areas (PPAs) are still under-represented in national protected area systems and under-reported internationally despite the fact that they are a rapidly growing element of the conservation estate, and to reverse this situation is one of the SG priority actions.
SG’s Objectives 2021-2025:
1: Improve the enabling environment globally and nationally for designation and support of privately protected areas, chiefly through promoting the IUCN definition of PPAs and integrate PPAs into global frameworks (e.g., CBD)
2: Document and explore enhanced roles of privately protected areas in connecting people with nature as stewards, through expanding opportunities for specialist group interaction and information-sharing.
3: Refine estimates of the extent of privately protected areas (quantitative, spatial assessment); Encourage structures and incentives to report on PPAs both nationally and to the WDPA.
4: Create or strengthen national PPA associations to assess performance, provide training and develop data collection systems
5: Explore boundaries and overlaps with other governance types and classes of area- based conservation, such as OECMs
6: Prepare for a rush of interest in recognizing PPAs as a result of CBD adoption of Target 3 (30x30)