Governance of Protected Areas – Crucial Concepts and Tools for PoWPA

May 11th, 2010

During the CBD SBSTTA14 in Nairobi, Kenya there will be a Side-Event  on Governance of Protected Areas – Crucial concepts and tools for PoWPA in the UN Conference Room 1 on Thursday, May 13 2010 from 13:15 to 14:45.

After the IUCN 5th World Parks Congress (Durban, 2003) brought governance issues to the attention of the international conservation community, the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) made crucial breakthroughs in recommending to its Parties new activities (mostly included in its Element 2), such as: the inclusion of various governance types in their protected area (PA) system (e.g., governance by governmental agencies at various levels; shared governance; governance by indigenous peoples and local communities; and governance by private landowners); the inclusion of various principles of governance – such as participation, equity, transparency and accountability – in the conduct of each PA.

This event will review national and regional implementation of these aspects of the PoWPA, using case studies, regional reviews, and thematic analyses. It will illustrate how the governance requirements of the PoWPA can be met by taking advantage of innovations in understanding and practice. It will also make recommendations for future implementation drawing from guidance by IUCN and other agencies.  Download the Side Event flyer.