The Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS) of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN WCPA) recently announced its new Facebook page. The purpose of the page is to “expand conversations about a future when tourism in protected areas is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable”. Visit the TAPAS Facebook Page.
The Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative established a Protected Areas Conservation Action Team in January 2015. The team was established “To provide information and guidance in support of the establishment and management of comprehensive protected areas systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico“.
Find out more about the work and publications of the Protected Areas Conservation Action Team.
The Fred Packard Award for outstanding service to protected areas was awarded to Ms. Alessandra Vanzella-Khouri and Dr. Georgina Bustamante on September 3, 2016 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. The award was in recognition of their contributions to the development of the Caribbean Marine Protected Areas Managers (CaMPAM) Network.
The award is presented every four years by the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, usually at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress.
Ms. Vanzella-Khouri is the Programme Officer for the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Programme within the Caribbean Environment Programme, which is coordinated by the Regional Coordination Unit of UNEP, based in Kingston, Jamaica. Dr. Bustamante is the Coordinator of the CaMPAM Network.
Read more about all the 2016 merit awards presented by IUCN WCPA.