Our team's strategy for mountain protection includes convening workshops for mountain protected area managers focusing on key issues they face in today's world:
- Connectivity Conservation Management
- Transboundary Conservation Management
- Mountain Eco-Tourism Management (see below)*
Our international workshops brought together leading mountain management experts to discuss these topics of great importance to mountain regions of the world. This allowed them the chance to share crucial information, ideas, research results, input from various mountain stakeholders, and "best practices" in mountain protection management. The links below provide more information about these workshops and their outputs.
To support the strategic goals of the World Conservation Union's World Commission on Protected Areas, our IUCN-WCPA Mountains Biome Network planned international workshops to highlight and distill knowledge of major issues affecting mountain protected areas. Each of the workshops have produced as part of their outputs content and information for a new, low-cost book providing practical "hands on" guidance and updated information on the topics discussed.
The first of these workshops took place in the Andes near Quito, Ecuador in November 2006 to compile success stories and "best practices" in the field of large-scale connectivity conservation management in mountain areas. The second of these workshops took place in the Himalaya near Kathmandu, Nepal (see photo above) in November 2008 to define and promote successful actions to promote trans-boundary connectivity conservation management in various regions of the world.
The knowledge and practical "hands on" input from these two valuable workshops is being shared with the world in our new IUCN-WCPA management guidelines book to be published by Earthscan in 2009, Connectivity Conservation Management - A Global Guide.
*Unfortunately, due to logistical and funding issues it was necessary to cancel the Mountain Eco-Tourism Workshop in early 2009. However, it is expected that this important and timely topic will receive attention and discussion in workshops we will be collaborating on in 2010 and beyond. We will continue to post updated information on this topic and future workshops that relate to it.