Protected Areas


Protected Planet Pavilion

The Protected Planet Pavilion, jointly hosted by IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme and World Heritage Programme, took center stage at the Congress in Jeju, hosting many well-attended events on a multitude of protected area issues.

Located in the center of the Congress venue, the pavilion attracted visitors at nearly all times and was a buzzing location for networking and the one-stop-shop for Congress participants to get the latest on everything related to IUCN’s work on protected areas and World Heritage.


Event at the Protected Planet Pavilion at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju 2012


Highlights of events that took place at the Pavilion include:


Release of the first Protected Planet Report on the current global state of protected areas, jointly produced with UNEP-WCMC

The Protected Planet Report – the first of its kind – assembles for the first time a global overview of protected area data, highlighting the massive progress that has been made in protected area coverage over the last 20 years. The Report states that protected areas assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over one billion people, while containing 15 % of the world’s carbon stock.

Achieving the ambitious Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, which calls for at least 17% of the world’s terrestrial areas and 10% of marine areas to be equitably managed and conserved by 2020, will require strong and effective partnerships: this report is an excellent example.

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Announcement of the Green List of Well Managed Protected Areas, an initiative to highlight best practice in PA management

The IUCN Green List of Well Managed Protected Areas is a new and progressive initiative that encourages and celebrates the success of protected areas that reach excellent standards of management. Protected areas that are well-managed fulfil their promise of conserving biodiversity and essential ecosystem services that benefit everyone and sustain life on earth. The IUCN Green List will act as a benchmark for progress and will reward innovation, excellence and enterprise in protected area management.

Expected benefits for protected area agencies include international recognition, political and financial support and positive effects on visitation.

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Announcement of the BIOPAMA programme on protected areas capacity building and poverty reduction

BIOPAMA, the largest ever European Union funded programme on which IUCN has collaborated, is a major new initiative to develop capacity for biodiversity conservation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP countries). BIOPAMA is a flagship initiative of the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme’s thematic focus on DEVELOPING CAPACITY for protected areas, and is implemented jointly with EC-JRC and the ABS Capacity Development Initiative of GIZ. The programme, which also has an Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) component, will lead to better biodiversity conservation and livelihoods options in these regions.

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Launch of the Protected Areas Best Practice Guidelines on Ecological Restoration

This publication is the most comprehensive compilation of guidance and related examples of ecological restoration for protected areas produced to date. It provides guidance for terrestrial, marine and freshwater protected area managers on the restoration of natural and associated values of protected areas. It also introduces key concepts and provides advice on underlying principles and guidelines, technical best practices, and implementation processes, including many examples and several case studies that illustrate on-the-ground experiences with ecological restoration in and around protected areas across the globe.

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Launch of the book “Protected Landscapes and Biodiversity”, evaluating the effectiveness of Category V Protected Areas for biodiversity conservation

This new publication assembles a collection of case studies on protected areas and wild biodiversity from around the world, tracking experiences with one of the more controversial of IUCN’s Protected Areas Management Categories. Protected landscapes are a strong option for biodiversity conservation in human-influenced landscapes and seascapes and often contain threatened or endemic species. There is now a growing interest in the nature conservation benefits of protected landscapes - do they really protect wild biodiversity? These case studies show that there is good evidence that the approach can deliver effective biodiversity conservation.

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Announcement of a global partnership for capacity development, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IUCN and CBD

GPPPAM is an IUCN/WCPA initiative designed to increase the effective management of protected areas through strengthening institutions that provide Protected Area training, providing a certification program for PA professionals, and developing core competencies for PA professionals. GPPPAM will address the PA capacity development needs of national governments, particularly to assist them in achieving the goals and targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Programme of Work on Protected Areas.

This event also showcased IUCN capacity development knowledge products aimed at assisting countries to meet their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Targets. Two of these recently completed products, the Guidelines for Applying IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas and the Conservation Planning Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines were launched.

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World Heritage 40th anniversary celebration

The celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention marked the closing of the Protected Planet Pavilion on the last day of the Congress Forum. This event spoke to the achievements and future for World Heritage, presented images and films from these iconic conservation sites, and was a chance to reflect on the many Congress events that had focused on World Heritage. The event was the main rallying point for all those with interests in the World Heritage Convention, and chance to meet old friends and talk about the past and the future of the Convention.

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