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National parks and protected areas are the cornerstones in most biodiversity conservation efforts. Accurate national reporting to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity on Protected Areas systems requires governments to apply conservation and data standards to the information reported to ensure consistency and allow the information to be “rolled up” into regional and global information systems.
Standards utilized at the global level include the IUCN definition of a protected area, the IUCN Protected Area Management Category system and the IUCN Protected Area Governance Matrix. Data standards, published by the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, ensure that databases of information and boundaries of parks and protected areas are able to be joined up into global information systems such as the IUCN/UNEP World Database on Protected Areas.
The project aims to strengthen the information base in Asia by verifying and improving the national parks and protected areas data held in the World Database on Protected Areas through a review by national and international experts, facilitated by UNEP-WCMC. The review will ensure that the global conservation and data standards are applied correctly to information for China, Japan and the Republic of Korea so that the information is available and suitable to use at regional and global level decision-making to measure progress toward the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11, among others.
The main aims are to:
1) greatly improve the protected area data included in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) for the three countries
2) enhance capacity for protected area information management in these countries, and
3) strengthen regional cooperation and collaboration between national data providers in these countries and UNEP-WCMC that maintains the WDPA
The project is being implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), in collaboration with the Korea National Park Service (KNPS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Office. Government agencies/ministries in each of the three countries and IUCN WCPA will also be involved and key to the success of the project.
The project will focus on the following three countries in Asia:
The inception workshop for the project was held on the 28-29th March 2012 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.More
UNEP-WCMC visited China in July 2012 to attend several meetings on protected areas and develop recommendations for improving the protected areas system in China.More
A national workshop was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on the 24th July.More
Project partners came together at the IUCN Congress in the Republic of Korea in September.More
A national workshop was held in Beijing, China on the 27th November in collaboration with IUCN China and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.More
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