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Protected Areas and Climate Change

Body of water at the Pacaya Samira Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon.


  • 1983: Protected Areas Directors and FAO create REDPARQUES
  • 2008: REDPARQUES leads the Conservation Vision on the base of work by SURAPA and OTCA for PoWPA implementation. CBD, WWF y UICN give their support; OTCA and CAN participate.
  • 2010: COP10 CBD (Aichi) Vision Regional Action Plan and Report are presented – Ministers of Environment of Amazon countries give their support. The Vision is recognized in Decision X.31
  • 2012: COP 11 (India) A report is presented and the Vision is recognized in Decision X1.24
  • 2016: COP 13 (Mexico) Progress in the implementation of Amazon Vision Projects will be presented
Protected Areas, Natural Solutions to Climate Change ( NASCC)

The  Latin  American  Network  for  Protected Area Systems Red Parques and WWF  Living  Amazon  Initiative  are leading a regional effort to strengthen Amazon Protected  Area  Systems  and include  the  role  of  Protected  Areas in  climate  change  strategies  and  development  plans  through  the  project ‘Protected Areas: Natural Solution to Climate  Change NASCC’ funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety BMUB as  part  Implementation  of  the  Amazon  Conservation Vision. 

Amazon Protected Areas are key in helping communities and nature adapt to a changing climate. They build  resilience  to  climate  change  globally,  mitigate  the  impacts  of  climate  events,  ensure  provision of  ecosystem  services  and  protect  biodiversity.  Protected  Areas  should  be  included  in  climate  change  strategies  and  development  plans  of  the  Amazon  countries  in  order  to  facilitate  climate-resilient  development and promote a safer climate future.


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  1. By 2016 climate change vulnerability assessments of the Biome and its protected areas, as well as the role of PA in service provision will be available.
  2. By the end of 2016, climate change strategies and planning tools will be developed by local actors and applied by local communities to reduce ecosystem and human vulnerability in the Eastern Cordillera Real
  3. By the end of 2016, the Amazon Conservation Vision will be recognized as an international framework that includes the NPAS as an effective tool for climate change adaptation. 
  1. Colombia: PNN Alto Fragua
  2. Ecuador:  Corredor Llanganates Sangay
  3. Perú: Santuario Nacional Tabaconas Namballe

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