In Europe, as in the rest of the world, human activities are causing rapid biodiversity loss. Over the last two decades, the EU has been trying to tackle this in various ways, including through the Natura 2000 Network of protected areas. This includes over 27 000 protected areas, covering over million km2, making it the largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world. The Natura 2000 Network creates a framework for mainstreaming conservation into a range of sectors. The European Commission led the development of the Natura 2000 Network.
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During the “Urban National Parks in Emerging Countries” (UNPEC) research program, funded by the ANR (the french National Research Agency), the Urban Protected Areas Network have worked in partnership with the national parks and the cities in Rio, Cape Town, Mumbai, Nairobi. We have identified three main types of park’s dynamics:
Una estrategia basada en la sensibilización, la capacitación, la participación, formas alternativas de producción y diversificación, han permitido la puesta en marcha inicial del SNAP uruguayo aún sin contar con instrumentos de incentivo económico directo.
In Cusco, Peru, although there have been initiatives in establishing protected areas (currently 11% of the territory is protected), many fragile ecosystems are yet to be protected. However, many conservation initiatives have been undertaken by players that are not aware of the efforts by other players in many cases undermining the whole cause of nature conservation by creating conflicts.
Financial mechanisms allow private sector to participate in conservation of biodiversity through corporate responsibility programs and corporate image positioning and complementing the financial sustainability for Protected Areas Systems. Private sector shows an interest in contributing to the development of programs of corporate social responsibility that focus either on social or environmental fields. However, there is still a need for coordination with the National Authorities for Protected Areas.
La obtención de recursos económicos para lograr cerrar la brecha financiera en las áreas protegidas de Colombia es un reto que afecta en gran medida su gobernabilidad más aún cuando se trata de abordar el uso, la ocupación y la tenencia de la tierra al interior de las mismas. Con esta problemática la Dirección Territorial Andes Nororientales de Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia, negoció por primera vez para el país, que el valor de la inversión en conservación exigido a empresas sujetas a licenciamiento ambiental, fuera invertido en los Parques Nacionales de la territorial.
Protected areas provide multiple socio-economic benefits. However, these benefits are often not assessed and remain unappreciated by decision-makers and the wider public alike. Therefore using public funding to establish and maintain protected areas is often of low priority. Information about the socio-economic benefits of protected areas, such as streams of revenue to local economies from recreation and tourism, can provide valuable support to maintaining and managing protected areas. The United States National Park Service (U.S.