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Guidelines for Submission of Site Profiles

Purpose of Site Profiles

The Site Profile provides information on the rationale for site designation, the most important attributes being protected, the management entity, and the contributions to the community or national development. One of the greatest challenges faced by protected areas management institutions is the difficulty in demonstrating the benefits to society. As such, Site Profiles must articulate in a clear and concise way those societal benefits. For those sites where the primary objective of designation is biodiversity conservation, the Profile must show the correlation between biodiversity conservation and social benefits derived from that site, or a series of inter-connected sites.

Content of the Site Profile

1. A maximum of 5 photographs (minimum resolution 72 dpi, maximum size 1 Mb) of the protected area. The photographs should show key geo-physical or ecological features of the site, uses of the site, management interventions that support sustainable use of the site, or other special attributes of the site. Each photograph should be accompanied by text describing the feature(s) displayed. The images should be accompanied by a completed and signed Copyright Release Form, which authorizes Ecotech Inc. Limited to display the images online, or use them for other promotional purposes

2. Text (of approximately 600 words) covering:
– Background: Country; name of the area where the site is located; size of the protected areas in hectares; date of designation; date of establishment; IUCN category (if applicable); the management authority; short site description.
– Conservation Objectives: Primary purpose for site designation (if the objective for site designation has not been identified, state the current management objective); important features protected (important or endangered flora and fauna, cultural resources, geophysical features); national/regional/global importance of site; other relevant information.
– Governance Arrangements: Institutional framework (roles of other institutions); community engagement
– Challenges: Major issues for site management (for threats, state actions to address threats.
– Societal Benefits: Contribution of the site to community livelihoods, community development, or national development.
– Publications: Citations of main documents providing information on the site (management plan, research reports, management effectiveness report, etc.).

3. Contact Address: Mailing address, email, and website (if available); name and position of the person submitting the Site Profile.

Submissions should be sent to: info@parkscaribbean.net.

Ecotech Inc. Limited retains the right to edit or reject all submissions. If the submission is edited, the revised document will be returned to the submitting entity for approval.

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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