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Category: Parks and protected areas


Organizations: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have created an interactive, social media-based website that provides in-depth information on protected areas around the world. By tapping into existing online resources such as Wikipedia, Google maps, Panoramio, and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), the project aims to encourage people to travel to these often remote and little-known destinations so as to generate revenue for and increase knowledge about these areas. For any protected area, visitors can access maps, satellite images, and information on endangered species and native plant life; they can also upload their own photographs or share travelogues about their visits to protected areas. In addition, offers downloadable information on protected areas for governments, scientists, and conservation NGOs.

Project: Protected Areas Management Effectiveness Information Module

Organizations: United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC); World Conservation Union - World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA)

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) and the World Conservation Union - World Comission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) have launched the Protected Areas Management Effectiveness Assessments Information Module, which features information about assessing protected areas management effectiveness; available assessment studies; and which protected areas have been assessed in terms of management effectiveness. The site is linked to the World Database on Protected Areas, and allows users to submit and request related information about experts, publications, and other protected areas management resources.

Project: Parks in Peril

Organizations: The Nature Conservancy, US Agency for International Development, Various Partner NGOs

Language: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Summary: The Parks in Peril (PiP) program seeks to strengthen local partner NGOs at selected protected areas in Latin America and the Caribbean, by providing support in administration, monitoring and evaluation, and fundraising skills. The PiP Web site features detailed information about TNC's Conservation Area Planning methodology for setting priorities, developing strategies, and measuring success of conservation projects at parks, reserves, and other conservation areas; the Site Consolidation Scorecard, which consolidates the resources that a "paper park" needs to become a fully functioning park; the Systems and Analysis page features resources in sustainable financing, The Nature Conservancy's ecoregional planning methodology, marine biodiversity protection strategies, private lands conservation, protected area systems, gender and conservation, and institutional development.

Organization: ParksWatch

Languages: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil

Summary: Through partnerships with in-country conservation organizations and individuals, ParksWatch sponsors on-site evaluations of parks and protected areas in Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil. Their Web site features background information on each country's geography and parks system, including information tables and maps of protected areas. Particularly useful is the "Park Profile Database", which features detailed information for every park the project is involved with, including photographs, geographic information, biodiversity, management, human influence, conservation and research, an overview of the park's threats, recommended solutions, and conclusions.