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EditPhoto Title:The sixth IUCN World Parks Congress
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This conference has ended. Conservation International (CI) is calling for nations to focus on and invest in the creation and effective management of protected areas to ensure that nature can provide for humanity’s needs. The Congress saw many nations make ambitious commitments to protect vital ecosystems. The unprecedented stress society is placing on nature worldwide; however, make it imperative not just to celebrate this momentum, but to expand upon it.
These commitments include:
- Madagascar reiterated its commitment to triple protected area coverage on land, added a commitment to triple marine protected area coverage, and promised to bring an end to the illegal rosewood trade and promised to ensure effective management of all its protected areas.
- Comoros committed to a 11-fold increase in protected areas and to make the entire island of Moheli a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve.
- South Africa stated its intention to increase marine protected areas by ten times,
- Russia said it would increase its protected area coverage by 22% and offered to host the next Congress in 2024.
- Australia announced its intention to create of the Rainforest Recovery Program, increased financial support for the Coral Triangle Initiative, ramped up efforts to curb the illegal wildlife trade, and a permanent ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef. It also announced the creation of an Indigenous Peoples Commissioner position, which will have a strong focus on the importance of indigenous territories for the aboriginal peoples of Australia.
Read more in our press release: World Parks Congress: Greater protected area commitments needed to meet global demands on nature
Since the Congress met 10 years ago, there has been great progress in protecting nature, exceeding our hopes at the time. Today, approximately 15% of the world’s land has been committed to protected areas: 12% of indigenous and community-owned conservation areas and more than 3% of the ocean is under some type of formal protection.
At Conservation International, we know that saving nature is, ultimately, about saving ourselves. Since our inception in 1987, we have worked with our partners to successfully protect more than 3.3 million square kilometers of critical habitat in more than 575 marine and terrestrial protected areas around the world.
Large-scale multi-national initiatives, such as the Pacific Oceanscape and the Guiana Shield have been transformational, inspiring some of the world’s largest parks and also some of the greatest national and international networks of protected areas, as societies increasingly realize the critical role such places play in achieving sustainable development and ensuring human well-being.
However, as global demand for natural resources continues to accelerate, there is unprecedented pressure on nature’s ability to provide for humanity’s growing needs. Vital natural resources that are not protected and effectively managed are at risk of being lost forever.
To avoid such a crisis, we must maintain our strong momentum. Our work has never been more urgent. We look forward to the promise of Sydney.
Our participation at the congress
At the last World Parks Congress 10 years ago in Durban, South Africa, CI brought our science, innovation and financing of protected areas to the table. At the 2014 World Parks Congress, we will share new conservation models, showcase the importance of partnerships and highlight innovations from our work in the field.
Our delegation will be taking part in a range of Congress Streams including reaching conservation goals, responding to climate change, reconciling development challenges and respecting indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture. We will also be playing a role in the Marine and Capacity Development Congress Themes. CI is also involved in various events in the Conservation Finance Pavillion, the World Indigenous Network Pavillion, the Nature Based Solutions Pavilion and the Protect the Planet Pavillion.
Nature Is Speaking Film Series
Emmeline Johansen, Regional Communications, CI Asia Pacific Field Division
11/20/2014 World Parks Congress: Greater protected area commitments needed to meet global demands on nature
11/17/2014 Freshwater Chapter of Protected Area Governance and Management Book Sets Global Standard for Water Conservation
11/14/2014 Satellite Monitoring System Firecast Expands Fire Risk Forecasts to Indonesia
11/13/2014 Safeguarding the Future of Nature and People in the Coral Triangle Through Marine Protection
11/13/2014 Protected Areas Can Safeguard Global Biodiversity and Build Peace in Conflict Hotspots
From the blog
Russell Mittermeier, Executive Vice Chair
Kristen Walker Painemilla, Policy Center for Environment & Peace
Carlos Manuel Rodrigeuz, Vice President, Conservation Policy, Policy Center for Environment & Peace
Jennifer Morris, COO
Chris Stone, Global Conservation Fund
Michael McGreevey, Global Conservation Fund
Keith Lawrence, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Laure Katz, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Greg Stone, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Jorge Ahumada, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Hedley Grantham, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Lee Hannah, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Mike Mascia, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Emily Pidgeon, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Eric Fegraus, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Rachel Neugarten, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Jack Tordoff, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Michele Andrianarisata, CI-Madagascar
Sahondra Rajoelina, CI-Madagascar
Tracy Farrell, CI-Cambodia
Simon Badcock, Sustainable Landscapes Partnership, CI-Indonesia
Ricky Nunez, CI-Philippines
Niquole Esters, Coral Triangle Initiative, CI-Hawaii
Jose Vicente Rodriguez, CI-Colombia
Fabio Arjona,CI- Colombia
Cesar Ruiz, CI-Colombia
Angela Andrade, CI-Colombia
Jack Kittinger, CI-Hawai'i
Yoji Natori, CI-Japan
Luis Espinel, CI-Peru
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