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Amazon protected areas as tools for climate change adaptation

Posted on 02 October 2014    
The Uatumã Biological Reserve is part of the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA)
© Ricardo Lisboa / WWF US
Biodiversity for Sustainable Development and a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets will be the main objectives of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will be held from 6 to 17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea.


WWF Living Amazon Initiative in partnership with RedParques will present the Implementation of the Amazon Conservation Vision in a side event at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on October 8, 2014, 6:15 -7:45 pm.
The Amazon-Based Conservation Vision is a regional initiative developed by the protected area directors and staff of the national protected areas systems (PAS) of the Amazon Countries to support the implementation of the Program of Work on Protected Areas - PoWPA in the Amazon Region.

Pedro Gamboa, Director of the Peruvian National Service of Natural Areas Protected and RedParques representative, will present the project Amazon Vision. Protected Areas Beyond Frontiers, funded by the European Union, whose mission is to generate a network of collaboration around the protected area systems of the Amazon Biome to contribute towards the achievement of the agreements under the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Aichi goals at a regional level.

Tarsicio Granizo, WWF Living Amazon Initiative Protected Areas and Indigenous Territories Strategy coordinator will discuss the project Amazon Biome as a Natural Solution to Climate Change, funded by the German BMUB, presenting the progress made in 2014 regarding methodology for the analysis on resilience, ecosystem services and vulnerability of the Amazon Biome, the assessment of the state of the art of planning instruments linking protected areas to climate change adaptation in Amazon Biome countries, and the design of climate-smart conservation activities.

Both projects envision protected areas as tools for climate change adaptation in the Amazon. A set of institutions are contributing to the implementation of these projects such as the European Union, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety-BMUB, RedParques, FAO, UNEP, IUCN, and several Governments from Amazon countries,WWF Germany and WWF Living Amazon Initiative.

Protected areas across the Amazon region cover over 90 million hectares of lush forest, representing a combined area larger than Europe. “The Amazon region population of 34 million people benefits from the ecosystem services provided by the Amazon such as food and water, but so does the whole of humanity as the Amazon is key to regulating global climate patterns”, explains WWF Living Amazon Initiative Protected Areas and Indigenous Territories Strategy coordinator.

Convention on Biological Diversity – CBD/CoP-12
6 to 17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea.
WHAT: Amazon Conservation Vision Side Event
WHEN: October 8, 2014, 6:15 -7:45 pm
WHERE: Hall B, Room 3, JUSCANZ Meeting Room, Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea



The Uatumã Biological Reserve is part of the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA)
© Ricardo Lisboa / WWF US Enlarge

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