Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Is Certification of MPA Professionals Part of the Solution for Latin America and the Caribbean?

Would certifying MPA professionals (not sites) based on their job performance raise the stature of the profession and help with staff retention? Does your staff have the skills but lack the motivation and leadership to get the job done? Do you lose staff once they get training? Through the MPA PRO program, certification (not to be confused with training courses) is helping address these issues in the Western Indian Ocean region. Would it also succeed in the Latin America and Caribbean region as a

Shell Beach, Guyana, declared a protected area

October 20th, Guyana.

President Bharrat Jagdeo has approved the declaration of the Kanuku Mountain area, Region Nine and Shell Beach, Region One, as protected areas.


Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr. Roger Luncheon at a post-Cabinet media briefing at the Office of the President said that these two areas now join the existing protected areas, while investigations are ongoing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and regional communities to include other areas within the national scheme of protected areas.

A new career opportunity to build the IUCN Global Programme on Protected Areas

Dear Protected Area colleagues

You will be aware that following IUCN’s review of the Global Programme on Protected Areas, there has been significant support for determining new priorities for the programme aligned to IUCN’s emerging 2013 – 2016 Quadrennial Programme and ahead of the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress. The World Protected Areas Leadership Forum has come to the table, supporting the GPAP through the

Friday, 14 October 2011

Your help finding coastal fisheries solutions

What's working in community-based fisheries management? That's the question RARE and National Geographic are asking in this first of many Solution Searches.


Solution Search is an international competition rewarding innovative conservation successes in communities where the need is greatest. We are seeking solutions to help remedy an environmental crisis that is quickly becoming a humanitarian issue: the depletion of global fish stocks. We are casting a wide net to find community-based innovations for near-shore fisheries based on proven successes.