Nepal in Asia Protected Area Partnership: IUCN

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Nov 18, 2014-Nepal and four other Asian countries have joined the Asia Protected Areas Partnership that aims to promote best practices, share lessons learnt and develop innovative solutions to conserve the protected areas in the region.

The partnership focusing on Asia’s protected areas and their sustainable development through effective and diverse governance mechanisms was launched on Tuesday during the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia, Bangladesh, Japan, Nepal, Republic of Korea and Vietnam have been mentioned as the founding members of the partnership which was first initiated during the first-ever Asia Parks Congress held in Sendai , Japan, in November 2013,  said a press statement issued by IUCN Nepal.  Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia and China have also expressed interest to join the partnership.

The partnership is a response to the need to recognise the role that protected areas play in sustainable development, the need to ensure effective and diverse governance mechanisms for these protected areas, and to work across borders in a collaborative and transparent way.

“I am very optimistic on the launch of this partnership as it will be the start of a new era in protected area management in Asia,” IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the ongoing Parks Congress has also released the first-ever Asia Protected Planet report highlighting the urgent need for countries to accelerate their work on protected areas.

While there has been significant progress over the past four years since the signing of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), only a handful of Asian countries will have at least 17 percent of their terrestrial area and inland waters covered by protected areas by 2020.

In Nepal 20 protected areas nearly cover around 24 percent of the total country area.

Published: 19-11-2014 09:11

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