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Newsletter contents at a glance

April 2020

  • IUCN statement on the attack in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Keeping a sense of community amidst COVID-19
  • Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, CEO of Nature Seychelles, shares his opinion on COVID-19 and its link to conservation
  • A new wave of IUCN Green List commitments to help COVID recovery for rural and indigenous communities in the Amazon
  • Conservation and human welfare in an atoll community in the Marshall Islands
  • Exploring Asia's potential on OECMs (other effective area-based conservation measures)     
  • A participatory engagement process leads to the renaissance of the Mangai Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Saint Lucia equipped with a protected area management effectiveness (PAME) assessment tool
  • Reviving the knowledge and use of creole medicinal plants in Martinique
  • PANORAMA webinar: Inclusive conservation solutions for protected areas in a multifunctional landscape - the Dutch case
  • What works, works! Measuring the quality and effectiveness of protected and conserved areas
  • World Heritage Committee meeting postponed
  • One session, 10,000 students and counting in Papaco’s latest MOOC
  • COVID-19 International Park Managers Expert Panel
  • IUCN’s Protected Area Governance and Management book achieves 100,000 downloads
  • News on African Protected Areas No.140
  • Frontier Diaries: nature in a time of COVID-19
  • #NatureForAll introduces the Discovery Zone

March 2020

  • On International Women's Day, meet meet Liliane Parany, a passionate conservationist from Madagascar.
  • Pioneering conservation models in the Mara ecosystem
  • How a privately protected area contributes to conservation outcomes in Brazil
  • Do as the Romans do: dodging the virus to create a better world? The Director of the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme weighs in on COVID-19
  • Consultations on human rights and the environment
  • A Regional Resource Hub for 24 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Enhanced GIS and mapping skills in Vanuatu and Samoa
  • PAPACO MOOCs: a success story from Benin
  • News on African Protected Areas No.139

February 2020

  • Meet Dimitris Margaritoulis, who can be considered a protected areas pioneer for the Greek Islands
  • Parc national des Ecrins in France provides a good example of stakeholder engagement for partnerships
  • Collective action and science for the recovery of marine fisheries and ecosystems in Mexico
  • PANORAMA in Numbers – a review of 2019: 95000 website visits, solutions from 117 countries, visitors from 175 countries
  • Human rights as an enabling condition in the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  • The Pacific Resource Hub for protected and conserved areas (PIPAP) achieves an important milestone
  • BIOPAMA continues to develop the capacity of protected area stakeholders, in 20 African countries
  • Updates from BIOPAMA's grant-making facility
  • News on African Protected Areas No.138
  • Papaco MOOCs kick-off with 5000 students
  • WILD11 mobilises leaders from around the world and all sectors of society to protect and expand wilderness
  • Two exciting opportunities for contributing to efforts that are related to PANORAMA

January 2020

  • Graeme Worboys, conservationist, receives the Order of Australia, one of the country's highest honours
  • Defying the fires, three Australian protected areas are once again among the world’s best managed
  • Seasonal protected Areas for turtle conservation in island states: lessons from Seychelles
  • The untapped power of local protected areas, in South America
  • SAGE: A brand new tool for governance and equity assessment
  • Deadline approaching! BIOPAMA call for proposals for small technical grants
  • Les succès de l’évaluation de l’efficacité de gestion des aires protégées au Gabon
  • New report identifies potential World Heritage sites in Central Asia
  • Schools part of the solution to managing French Polynesia's vast marine protected areas
  • UK film launch promotes movement to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030
  • The need for oceanic protected areas, as presented by Aardman Animation
  • Marine Protected Areas that move with the biodiversity they are designed to protect
  • News on African Protected Areas
  • How can you help wildlife in protected areas burnt during Australia's worst ever bushfires?
  • All that you wanted to know about Capacity Development, but were too embarrassed to ask
  • And more articles and publications...

December 2019

  • In memory of Ghanimat Azhdari: a true force of nature
  • Pedro Rosabal Gonzalez leaves IUCN
  • The EU Overseas: size, diversity, and how giant needs are BEST addressed (Video)
  • New to the newsletter - the BEST initiative
  • The gathering of seaweed is interesting, as well as important (Video)
  • This happens when schools and protected areas cooperate
  • BIOPAMA call for proposals for small technical grants
  • Papua New Guinea Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) training kicks off
  • A protected planet, starting with the Caribbean (Video)
  • La République Démocratique du Congo s’approprie de l’outil intégré pour l’évaluation des aires protégées (IMET)
  • BIOPAMA Green List intro webinar responds to Eastern and Southern African requests (Video)
  • Outils BIOPAMA pour la gestion de l'information pour de meilleures décisions (Vidéo)
  • BIOPAMA's Dr Sue Snyman presents at the Global Wildlife Program annual conference 
  • Peru creates new conservation area to protect glaciers from extractive operations
  • First issue of Parks Stewardship Forum: Interdisciplinary Journal of Place-Based Conservation
  • The Guardian highlights Madagascar cases for the need of greater quality in protected areas
  • Six conservation success stories of 2019

November 2019

  • Remembering Norman Myers, biodiversity pioneer
  • German Ministry for the Environment on-board with PANORAMA
  • Find it all in one place by using the new “Resources" section in PANORAMA 
  • World Heritage and the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  • It's all connected. At a Madagascar meeting, BIOPAMA, Governance, and the Green List come together for the region's national parks
  • BIOPAMA small technical grants, now open
  • Every worker needs good tools. This is one of BIOPAMA's goals
  • CNN video segment showcases Abu Dhabi Green List site (3:04)
  • Nine new EAGL members hatch in Republic of Korea
  • The IUCN Green List gets down to earth and sea in Malaysia
  • Sierra Leone’s “Green Diamond”, the flowering fruit of a public-private partnership
  • How to pay for Water Ecosystem Services at Kikuyu Escarpment Forest, Kenya
  • 9000 students studying conservation online via MOOC. Growth in commitment continues
  • Revised IUCN guidelines demystify and clarify protected area categories for marine areas
  • IUCN publishes new guidance on "recognising, reporting and supporting ‘other effective area-based conservation measures’"
  • Not Jurassic Park, just practical application: synthetic biology and ex-situ conservation (NAPA 136)

October 2019

  • Lima Declaration closes CAPLAC III, attended by political and conservation leaders
  • Dr Robert Wallace, innovator in biodiversity and conservation, wins the 2019 Kenton Miller Award
  • Recognition and reward for five outstanding conservationists, at Lima CAPLAC III
  • Celsa Ortiz, the first female ranger in the Yanesha Communal Reserve, Peru  
  • On Lima's doorstep, a Peru Sea Lion colony turnaround, and new Green List commitments  
  • The Yanesha Communal Reserve, Peru: how engagement offered by the Green List can help secure commitment for protected areas  
  • The Global Support Initiative to Indigenous and Community-Conserved Territories and Areas shows its strength in Lima
  • Governance makes its mark on Seychelles Locally Managed Marine Areas project 
  • High Five! PANORAMA reaches 555 conservation solutions, available to environmentalists everywhere
  • Celebrating Latin American and Caribbean Commitments to Green List Success
  • IUCN planning and evaluation frameworks guide significant species conservation on Australian indigenous lands
  • Promoting knowledge and actions for a protected planet in the Caribbean
  • IUCN and RCMRD formalise their partnership for the BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub
  • New technologies in protected areas
  • World Heritage as an indicator of protected areas’ success: the case of Latin America and the Caribbean

September 2019

  • In Saudi Arabia, one woman’s lifelong effort grows another generation’s leaders through open-air education
  • Youssouph Diedhiou, quiet achiever, makes a protected area a vital community neighbour
  • Securing the population of a critically endangered species of deer
  • Listen to your grandmother: recovering traditional practices are key to long term conservation in Colombia
  • Wildlife Institute of India welcomes PANORAMA workshop, then proposes eight solutions
  • Mr Cheikh Tidiane Kane, of WAEMU, talks on partnership with BIOPAMA and its results
  • Championing conservation outcomes, the Green List expands in West Asia
  • And: the IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS, what's hot off the press, plus events and surveys to get yourself involved.

August 2019

  • The passing of Professor Roberto Gambino, an innovator and reference point for parks and planning
  • Urban parks' value to their cities given a dollar figure by London authorities, and it's huge 
  • The importance in every sense that lions and "lionscapes" have to Africa's nations
  • The Amazon jungle may breathe more freely with the latest Green List projects set to move in the area
  • Australian World Heritage site finds involving volunteers a vital cog in its conservation activities
  • Latest OECM meeting on German island of Vilm

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January 2019

  • Bold steps for Saudi Wildlife
  • Bottom-up engagement of fisher folks
  • Dynamic governance for conservation in Ethiopia
  • Innovative protected area financing and resourcing solutions webinar
  • 2018 a year in images
  • protected area data and information webinar
  • the IUCN Green List journey continues in Italy
  • France cérémonie de la ligne verte 

December 2018

  • Léonidas Nzigitimpa, a conservation hero from Burundi
  • Mindful engineering builds sustainable tourism value
  • Wrapping up an exciting year for PANORAMA
  • IUCN reviews nine new World Heritage nominations for 2019
  • Open source information system for the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific protected areas
  • China seeks protected areas quality and good performance
  • WCPA and Coalition WILD Mentorship programme
  • 5th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas.

November 2018

  • Conserved Areas in the spotlight in Egypt
  • IUCN lists 15 new sites as world’s best protected areas
  • Meet the winners of the 2018 Pathfinder Award!
  • Ras Mohammed National Park; PANORAMA: Welcoming UNDP and promoting business engagement solutions
  • Fostering coordination and collaboration on protected areas
  • IUCN Issues Brief on natural World Heritage
  • Focus on indigenous and conserved community areas
  • Protected Planet Report 2018
  • PARKS 24.2
  • Guidelines on Privately Protected Areas
  • Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas
  • News on African Protected Areas

October 2018

  • Celebrating Protected Area heroes in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Dr Kathy MacKinnon wins top conservation prize
  • OASIIS – building social capital in protected areas
  • Communities spearheading marine conservation
  • Going for Green in Egypt
  • Conversation with an ASI Green List reviewer
  • Tuvalu moving towards achieving global biodiversity targets on protected areas
  • Governance quality and diversity for conserving the Peruvian Amazon
  • Marine Protected Areas: global standards for success
  • Call for Expressions of Interest to host the BIOPAMA Regional Resource Hub for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Eastern and Southern Africa
  • Celebrate the launch of the new #NatureForAll publication

September 2018

  • Hugh Synge
  • Biodiversity Tax Incentives For South Africa's Protected Area Network
  • The Cook Islands consolidates its protected area information
  • BIOPAMA’s second phase officially launched in Central Africa
  • 5 years of Blue Solutions!
  • Seven protected areas in the Maghreb region commit to the IUCN Green List
  • Henry Cleere, a pillar of the World Heritage Convention
  • Habitat Stepping Stones
  • Mountain Protected Areas Update
  • Tools for measuring, modelling, and valuing ecosystem services

August 2018

  • Madison Pearl Edwards
  • Brazil's largest Privately Protected Area
  • Transboundary coordinated natural development and national park extension
  • Framework for adaptive management in Kenya inspired by the IUCN Green List
  • BIOPAMA: Decision-making support tools for the East African Community
  • World Heritage: New IUCN report on tools for assessing the benefits of key natural areas
  • Private Natural Heritage Reserves, a Brazilian success story
  • #NatureForAll: Sun Child Eco Club for the Preservation of Wildlife
  • Hot off the Press: PARKS Journal 24 Special Issue on OECMs June 2018
  • Ramsar report on indigenous peoples' participation in managing wetlands

July 2018

  • World Ranger Day
  • Taghi Farvar - our collective memory
  • New nature-culture sites on the World Heritage List
  • Increased coastal resilience and social development in Guyana
  • PANORAMA is growing - organically!
  • The members of the California MPA EAGL announced
  • Important steps for enhanced protected area management effectiveness
  • IUCN's key takeaways from the World Heritage Committee Meeting
  • 'Other effective area-based conservation measures': updates
  • Youth for Wildlife Conservation
  • Contribute: Pathfinder Award, IUCN Green List Fair Financing Survey
  • Crowdfunding campaign to honor fallen rangers of Virunga

June 2018

  • World Heritage Committe meeting
  • Pathfinder Award
  • The Journey of the Cook Islands Marae Moana
  • Success factors for conservation in the Rio Negro Basin
  • Protected Area solution case studies receive makeover
  • Testing phase of LIFE Green List for the Natura 2000 project
  • Caribbean Green List webinar
  • The Pacific convenes key regional protected areas event
  • BIOPAMA launched in Eastern Africa
  • Diversity is key to good governance
  • Buiblitz Canada 150 - Results of Canada's "Nature Selfie"

May 2018

  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020
  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: Mohammed Zaarour
  • INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: A model for stakeholder engagement in a national system of MPAs
  • PANORAMA: Inspiring stories from European protected areas
  • BIOPAMA: Management effectiveness: BIOPAMA and the IUCN Green List join forces in the Caribbean
  • BIOPAMA: Southern African protected area actors set BIOPAMA's priorities for the region
  • BIOPAMA: Global conference highlights the role of data management
  • WORLD HERITAGE: IUCN recommends listing two indigenous peoples’ territories
  • WORLD HERITAGE: Belize reef recovers while Lake Turkana faces dam threat
  • NATURE FOR ALL: Success Story: Forest Watcher, Google Earth Outreach
  • GOVERNANCE: Supporting and strengthening ICCAs in Tanzania
  • GREEN LIST: The Swiss EAGL has landed
  • GREEN LIST: Call for experts to join California's MPA Network EAGL

April 2018

  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: Philippe Bouché
  • INSPIRING PLACES: The wonders of Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Lebanon
  • INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) for improved protected area management in Viet Nam
  • PANORAMA  Webinar: Solutions from natural World Heritage sites
  • Call for European solutions
  • IUCN Green List: ‘Wildlife Insights’ – real-time data for conservation decision-making
  • IUCN launches Green List for Natura 2000 stakeholder consultation
  • The IUCN Green List logo
  • Green List bulletin - April 2018
  • BIOPAMA: How data tells powerful stories
  • WORLD HERITAGE: Call for papers for nature-culture symposium
  • BIOPAMA: 15 Caribbean countries to benefit from partnership for people and biodiversity
  • #NatureForAll: Kishoka YOUTH Organization
  • CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: E-learning course on integrated land use planning
  • Developing effective capacity for North African PAs
  • POLICY: Space for Nature Symposium: what's next?

March 2018

  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: Dr Nguyen Ba Thu
  • INSPIRING PLACES: Bosque Pehuén, private, voluntary protection in a Chilean forest
  • INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Improving relationships between local communities and Saadani NP management
  • PANORAMA and WORLD HERITAGE: Webinar: Solutions from natural World Heritage sites
  • IUCN Green List: The IUCN Green List in the news
  • WORLD HERITAGE: IUCN welcomes World Rowing pledge to not damage World Heritage
  • BIOPAMA: 15 Caribbean countries to benefit from partnership for people and biodiversity
  • #NatureForAll: Success Story: WilderQuest
  • BLUE SOLUTIONS: Sharing and creating success stories: the Blue Solutions Fair in Thailand
  • LAND USE PLANNING: Zambia endorses its first ever climate change framework and action plan for a protected area
  • GOVERNANCE: We Rise Together: Report of the Indigenous Circle of Experts
  • IUCN 2017 annual report: now available in French and Spanish

February 2018

  • INSPIRING PLACES: Azerbaijan to create first MPA in the Caspian Sea
  • INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: Conflict resolution strategy for Kahuzi-Biega NP, DRC
  • Health and well-being; Securing Indo-Burma's wetlands and communities
  • PANORAMA: Exciting times ahead for Solutions for a Healthy Planet
  • BIOPAMA: IUCN-SPREP partnership for protected and conserved areas in the Pacific
  • IUCN Green List: Protected area governance, equity and the Green List in Kenya,
  • #NatureForAll: Success Story - Students On Ice Foundation
  • GOVERNANCE: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) - achieving Target 11 in Canada through reconciliation

January 2018

  • INSPIRING PEOPLE: Ivane Kupradze, a Georgian hero
  • INSPIRING PLACES: Sonoma County’s new approach to the State Parks System
  • INSPIRING SOLUTIONS: African Eurasian Flyway partnership for migratory birds
  • IUCN Green List: Georgia goes Green List, January Bulletin
  • WORLD HERITAGE: IUCN reviews eight World Heritage nominations for 2018
  • #NatureForAll: Comca’ac Indigenous Community and Climate Change
  • CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT: MOOCs and protected areas capacity building: where we stand
  • GOVERNANCE: Protected area governance in Georgia; Non-state protected area governance in Kenya


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