ELC-convened International Workshop on Protected Areas Legislation

07 August 2009 | News story

Bonn, July 13-16.
Twenty-four experts from all parts of the world gathered in Bonn for a 4-day workshop to review progress made so far in the preparation of Guidelines for Protected Area Legislation, a project carried out by the ELC in partnership with CEL and WCPA. The meeting's main task was to consider the third draft of the Guidelines, as well as the twelve case studies which have been developed to accompany it.

 GOAL: The immediate goal of the project is to provide a tool to assist legal drafters and others involved in the development of PA legislation; its ultimate goal is to contribute to the improvement of PA legislation which, overall, is lagging behind the developments of the last decade regarding the role and management of PAs.
PROCESS: The project started in late 2007 with the development of a proposed outline for the Guidelines and case studies. A first draft was prepared in 2008, reviewed mid-year on the occasion of a Workshop on PA and the Law at Ottawa University. Draft 2 followed and presented at a workshop during the Barcelona IUCN WCC Forum in October 2008. From November 2008 to February 2009, over 100 experts mainly from the CEL and WCPA networks were consulted, and their input led to the preparation of Draft 3. In parallel, two groups of 6 cases studies each were selected and commissioned, as follows:

•  National legal frameworks (Australia, Canada, France, Peru, Philippines, South Africa);
•  Special PA types case studies:
   − Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas :      Ampezzo (Italy); Booderee (Australia); Indian ICCAs
   − Marine PAs: The Gully (Canada)
   − Private PAs: Pumalin (Chile)
   − Transboundary PAs: W Biosphere Reserve      (Niger,Burkina Faso, Benin)

REVIEW WORKSHOP: This set of materials, available for the first time in its entirety, was submitted for review to the July Workshop, which marks the end of the consultation process. The participants included CEL members, members of WCPA, and other experts involved in the development of the Guidelines and its case studies either as members of the Steering Group, members of the Advisory Group, or authors. The case studies were reviewed in small working groups, and the review results reported to plenary. The Guidelines themselves were reviewed part by part, under the guidance of a chair/ moderator, and recommendations noted by rapporteurs.

NEXT STEP: Case studies and Guidelines will be further revised to take the Workshop results into account. The goal is to have a final English version for the end of the year. Publication will follow in 2010, as well as the preparation and publication of French and Spanish versions of the Guidelines.