Peru and Colombia will sign important binational agreements for the strengthening of their protected area systems
- The signature of the agreement will take place in the city of Lima (Peru) and will be part of the REDPARQUES Board meeting. REDPARQUES is the Spanish acronym for Latin American Network for National Parks and other Protected Areas, Wild Fauna and Flora Technical Cooperation. Sixteen (16) countries from this region will participate in the meeting.
- The agreement is part of the commitments achieved during the Peru-Colombia Presidential Meeting and the Binational Cabinet of Ministers, which took place in 2014.
Peru and Colombia united in favor of their protected areas conservation. By means of the signature of a binational agreement, joint actions developed by both countries will secure adequate management of natural areas, as well as the sustainable development of the communities in their geographical scope.
The agreement will enable the strengthening of joint activities organized by the Peruvian and the Colombian official agencies for protected areas: Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP) and Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, respectively. The agreement will also strengthen the capacity development in both national protected areas systems, as well as their social and economic contribution to the sustainable development of both countries. This commitment was made during the Peru-Colombia Presidential Meeting and the Binational Cabinet of Ministers, which took place in the city of Iquitos (Peru), in 2014.
The directors of the Peruvian and the Colombian agencies for protected parks -- Pedro Gamboa Moquillaza, from SERNANP, and Julia Miranda Londoño, from Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, will sign the agreement during REDPARQUES Board meeting, which will take place in Lima on August 12-14. The meeting will have the participation of directors and experts from the organizations in charge of national protected areas systems in 16 countries in this region.
The meeting will also ensure the presentation and approval of the REDPARQUES Declaration on climate change and protected areas, meant for COP 21. This document will stress the vital role of protected areas to fight climate change and the natural solutions they provide as part of a mitigation and adaptation strategy.
There will also be a presentation of the successful experiences developed by the various protected area systems participating in this Latin American Network. They include the creation of a marine and coastal group and the communications network involving five countries members of REDPARQUES. There will be proposals for new working groups, such as the sustainable tourism network and the information network.
REDPARQUES is the Spanish acronym for The Latin American Network for National Parks and other Protected Areas, Wild Fauna and Flora Technical Cooperation (La Red Latinoamericana de Cooperación Técnica en Parques Nacionales, otras Áreas Protegidas, Flora y Fauna Silvestres). The network is a technical mechanism led by the official organizations in charge of national parks and other areas under governmental protection in 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Its goal is to contribute to biological diversity conservation in that region, as well as the development of the protected areas national systems, through the exchange of experience and mutual strengthening.
Lima, August 10, 2015