Getting the data
A sound management plan is based on accurate and relevant information. WWF assists in these efforts, such as in Brazil's Cabo Orange National Park.
On a recent expedition with IBAMA (the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), universities and research centres, WWF visited the different ecosystems of the park to collate biological and archaeological data on the area.
The expedition was supported by WWF-Brazil and the Amazon Region Protected Areas
(ARPA) programme. A similar effort was carried out for Tumucumaque Mountains National Park, in Northern Brazil.
Developing and implementing management plans
Management plans are like the microchips that run a computer. They include all the processes and instructions that will make an area protected and sustain the integrity of the natural habitat. But management plans are often tricky, and costly, to implement.
To counter threats from the harvesting of non-commercial timber for subsistence in designated zones, illegal logging and overfishing, WWF-Peru is implementing the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve plan and is developing threat mitigation plans for key economically important species in the reserve.
WWF-Peru has also helped INRENA, the National Institute of Natural Resources, to complete a plan to mitigate illegal logging in the reserve. WWF also provided the institute with increased resources for guards to patrol additional areas.
Through the National Service for Protected Areas (SERNAP), we are also coordinating with the administration for Bolivia's Manuripi National Wildlife Reserve to make viable future efforts for the implementation of its management plan.
Manuripi encompasses numerous rivers of regional and national importance and is one of the protected areas in Bolivia with a highest levels of biodiversity.
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