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World Wetlands Day: IUCN launches regional project to enhance resilience of wetlands in Lower Mekong countries

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On the occasion of World Wetlands Day on February 2, IUCN is announcing the launch of a regional project to enhance the resilience of wetlands in Lower Mekong countries. Funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and to be implemented until 2020, the Mekong WET: Building Resilience of Wetlands in the Lower Mekong Region” project aims to build climate resilience by harnessing the benefits of wetlands in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Viet Nam.


wetlands in Lower Mekong

Photo: © Pheakdey Sorn/IUCN

Mekong WET will help the four countries to address their commitments to the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, and to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. With wetlands featured as a key ecosystem, the project also supports governments in implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) under the Convention on Biological Diversity and pursuing their commitments on climate change adaptation and mitigation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. By International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Read more.

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26 October 2015 – A marine reserve the size of California has just been declared around the tiny Micronesian islands of Palau.

If you’re a diver, you’re smiling right now.

In this massive reserve, the largest in the Pacific, there will be no fishing or mining, but plenty of world-class diving where fish, sharks, turtles and rays will be protected. Cayla Dengate Read more.

Call for more investment in world’s protected areas

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The world’s national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research. The idea of natural capital, the worth of natural assets, is increasingly being used in policy making. It is based on assigning economic value to the natural environment in order to better preserve it in the future. Helen Briggs. Read more.

 

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Protected area managers need to monitor the ecological effects of visitor use and assess their performance in managing visitor use. To assist this process, STCRC has established a series of projects to develop indicators and protocols for monitoring visitor use and its impacts that can be used as part of an integrated monitoring system for protected areas. This is the third report in a series examining terrestrial ecological impacts of visitor use.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Evaluation of Impacts and Methods for the Assessment of Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

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This report is one of a series in the Sustainable Tourism Corporative Research Centre’s overall project to develop a framework, guidelines and tools to enhance assessment, evaluation and reporting of visitor use in protected areas.  In this manual three methods (including indicators, protocols and proformas) are presented for surveying and monitoring walking tracks based on a desktop evaluation of methods used overseas and in Australia  and field testing of methods by researchers.

by Wendy Hill and Catherine Pickering

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Manual for Assessing Walking Tracks in Protected Areas

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This desktop project aimed to draw attention to the various factors associated with track usage and visitor experience in national parks. The results will help to inform park managers how best to develop a strategic position on tracks and trails based on visitor experiences.

by Stephen Wearing, Stephen Schweinsberg, Simone Grabowski and Kirsty Tumes

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Understanding Track/Trail Experiences in National Parks: A Review

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The broad purpose of this report is to contribute to the general goal of ‘making national parks and other protected areas a national tourism priority’. National parks and other protected areas need to be recognised as major assets for Australian tourism, both domestic and international.

by Tony Griffin and Megan Vacaflores

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Natural Partnership: Making National Parks a Tourism Priority

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This report examines and reviews visitor impact modelling applications in Australia. A variety of visitor impact models  and processes have been used in Australia and internationally but the extent of their use and perceived effectiveness are  not well understood. This project used a Delphi technique and reference group to collect expert opinion from two  different panels: an expert academic panel; and an industry reference group consisting of individuals from state and  commonwealth agencies.

by Greg Brown, Barbara Koth, Glenn Kreag and Delene Weber

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Managing Australia’s Protected Areas: A Review of Visitor Management Models, Frameworks and Processes

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This project seeks to address the lack of knowledge and develop guidelines for assessing the viability of new and existing user-pays systems for protected areas in Australia.

by Michael Hughes, Jack Carlsen, Gary Crilley, Samantha King, Diane Lee and Gail Kennedy

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Good Practice User-Pays Systems for Protected Areas

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This report presents the results of a study of Australian protected area agencies in terms of:  current practices for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on performance in relation to visitor use of protected areas; and,  future approaches to enhance the usefulness of these practices in meeting agency goals.

by Karen Higginbottom, R.W. (Bill) Carter, Susan Moore, Kate Rodger and Yamini Narayanan

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