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Sunday, February 9, 2014 @ 12:02 PM
posted by Lloyd Gardner

Parks Caribbean can be used by Caribbean protected areas professionals, as well as site and system managers, in several ways, most free of cost. Currently, information must be submitted in English to: info@parkscaribbean.net.

Option 1: Display of Country Profile – Preparation of the Country Profile by Parks Caribbean Associates has an associated cost, much of which is to underwrite the cost of the county review, to prepare the various associated products, and for undertaking the coding for uploading the content and linking said content into the other site features (e.g. database and publications).

Option 2: Display of Site Profile – Any protected area within the Insular Caribbean (including islands that are part of continental countries bordering the Caribbean Sea) can provide a Site Profile for display on the Parks Caribbean website. Site Profiles are prepared by site managers, and the content must be in keeping with the posted guidelines. There is no cost to protected areas management institutions for posting of site profiles. Site Profiles are displayed in the ‘Parks and People’ section of the website, and should be updated periodically by the management institution.

Option 3: Posting of News and Events – Any protected area manager or programme manager can submit information for posting on Parks Caribbean. That information can be general news (see Welcome Page) or events (see Calendar). There is no cost to the management institution for submitting information to be posted as news, but the information should be of interest to a Caribbean audience.

Option 4: Receiving Protected Areas News – Persons that wish to receive news of protected areas programming in the Caribbean can subscribe using the website. This is a one-way flow of information, and will generally be information that is circulated by Parks Caribbean Associates and Members to Caribbean protected areas and conservation networks.

Option 5: Become a Parks Caribbean Member – Membership in Parks Caribbean is reserved for acknowledged experts in various areas of protected areas management. There is no cost to becoming a member, but applicants must demonstrate the willingness and ability to contribute to the discourse on protected areas development in the Caribbean. The membership guidelines can be found on the website.

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Country Profiles

Reviews of country management systems

The Country Profile is a summary of protected areas programming that provides information on the national management framework, programmes and projects, relationship with economic sectors, and the linkages and responses to international environmental agreements. They also show how the benefits produced by a well-managed system of protected areas extend into communities and the national economy.

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Publications

reports on a range of protected areas topics

Parks Caribbean makes available reports on a range of protected areas topics, and may be focused on a particular site, a country, or may cover regional issues. This wealth of materials on protected areas policy and practice is used by policy makers, protected areas practitioners, students, and the general public.

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Protected Area News

Updates from the protected areas network
Parks Caribbean provides the most current information on protected areas programming in the Caribbean. Also included is global news of relevance to the Caribbean, and thought-provoking briefs and analyses prepared by our network of Members. Persons who wish to have protected areas news sent directly to their email addresses can subscribe to the Parks Caribbean news list.

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Parks and People

Contribution to sustainable development
This section of the website promotes protected areas that demonstrate the triple bottom line of sustainable development; that is, sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, and environmental protection. Submission of site profiles must follow the Guidelines provided by Parks Caribbean.

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