1.3 - Regional networks and transboundary areas

Goal 1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries

  • Goal 1.3
  • Learn more
  • Tools and documents

Target:

Establish and strengthen by 2010/2012 [72]/ transboundary protected areas, other forms of collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries and regional networks, to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, implementing the ecosystem approach, and improving international cooperation.

Suggested activities of the Parties

  • 1.3.1 Collaborate with other parties and relevant partners to establish effective regional networks of protected areas, particularly in areas identified as common conservation priorities (e.g. barrier reef systems, large scale river basins, mountain systems, large remaining forest areas and critical habitat for endangered species), and establish multi-country coordination mechanisms as appropriate to support the establishment and effective long term management of such networks.

  • 1.3.2 Collaborate with other Parties and relevant partners through the United Nations Informal Consultative Process on the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) to establish and manage protected areas in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, in accordance with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and based on scientific information.

  • 1.3.3 Establish, where appropriate, new TBPAs with adjacent Parties and countries and strengthen effective collaborative management of existing TBPAs.

  • 1.3.4 Promote collaboration between protected areas across national boundaries.

Suggested supporting activities of the Executive Secretary

  • 1.3.5 Collaborate and consult with relevant organizations and bodies for developing guidelines for establishing transboundary protected areas and collaborative management approaches, as appropriate, for dissemination to Parties.

  • 1.3.6 Compile and disseminate information on regional networks of protected areas and transboundary protected areas, including, as far as possible, their geographical distribution, their historical background, their role and the partners involved.

  • 1.3.7 Review the potential for regional cooperation under the Convention on Migratory Species with a view to linking of protected area networks across international boundaries and potentially beyond national jurisdiction through the establishment of migratory corridors for key species.


Notes:

[72]/ References to marine protected area networks to be consistent with the target in the WSSD plan of implementation.

Key activities included in this goal:

  • Collaborate with other parties and partners to establish effective regional networks
  • Establish and manage protected areas in marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction
  • Establish new transboundary protected areas
  • Promote collaboration between protected areas across national boundaries

What is a transboundary protected area?

A transboundary protected area is a protected area that spans across boundaries of multiple countries. Typically the political boundaries within a transboundary protected area are absent, allowing for free movement of species, and there is a single management plan with shared objectives that spans all boundaries.

What are regional networks?

An ecological network is defined as an interconnected area of land and water that includes large core areas, corridors, stepping stones, buffer zones and sustainable use areas. A regional protected area network is an ecological network of protected areas that are designed to operate as a single network across multiple boundaries, including national boundaries.

What is meant by marine areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction?

All countries with marine boundaries have a defined zone, called “Exclusive Economic Zone,” that extends 200 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline, or shoreline. Areas beyond this zone are considered “International Waters.”

What are ways to promote collaboration between protected areas across national boundaries?

There are many ways to promote collaboration, including holding joint meetings, cooperating on various management activities such as monitoring and invasive species control, developing coordinated management plans, and forming joint management committees.

What is an assessment of opportunities for transboundary protected areas?

An assessment of transboundary protected areas entails the identification of both specific actions and specific places where the coordination of protected area establishment and management across national and regional boundaries can be improved.

What steps are involved in assessing transboundary opportunities?

Typical steps involved in assessing transboundary opportunities include:

  1. Identify key stakeholders from both countries or regions who should be involved in the national and regional assessments;
  2. Conduct an initial scoping of the key natural resource issues, and identify specific geographic opportunities for transboundary collaboration;
  3. Identify possible strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for each potential site for transboundary cooperation;
  4. Broaden the set of stakeholders to include those relevant agencies, land owners, community members, and others who would be directly affected by transboundary collaboration, and potentially the designation of a transboundary protected area;
  5. Identify specific strategies to foster transboundary collaboration within the sites identified. This may include adjusting management practices, such as aligning management objectives, creating joint management work plans, adjusting the boundaries of the protected areas to account for additional objectives, staff exchanges, and coordinated financial planning. This may also include the creation or designation of a transboundary protected area.



E-learning module

Module 18: Marine Protected Areas

This module shows how the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas applies in a marine environment, and enables protected area planners to increase marine protection, improve the marine protected area network, and reduce threats to the marine environment.

External forum

Protected areas and network design

For those interested in network design and ecological gap assessments.

E-learning module

Module 3: Transboundary protected areas and regional networks

This module covers aspects related to transboundary protected areas and regional networks (PoWPA Goal 1.3), including the establishment, planning, management and assessment of transboundary areas.

Record 1 to 25 of 25
Sort by title |Sort by date
E-learning module
This module shows how the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas applies in a marine environment, and enables protected area planners to increase marine protection, improve the marine protected area network, and reduce threats to the marine environment.
Themes:1.1 Ecological network and gap assessments,1.2 Protected area policy and landscape integration,3.4 Financial sustainability and business planning,1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas,1.4 Management planning and climate change adaptation,1.5 Protected area threats and restoration,4.2 Management effectiveness assessments,2.2 Participation of indigenous and local communities,3.1 Enabling policy and legal environment,PoWPA Implementation
Topics:Adaptive management,Benefits and values,Multi-sectoral commitees,Best practices,Connectivity,Partnerships and collaboration,Conservation planning,Policy integration,Ecological gaps,Financing,Protected area system master plan,Regional challenges,Governance,Resilience and adaptation planning,Sustainable use,Mainstreaming,Management effectiveness,Training and curricula,Management planning,Marine
6/10/2011
External forum
For those interested in network design and ecological gap assessments.
Themes:1.1 Ecological network and gap assessments,1.2 Protected area policy and landscape integration,1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
5/8/2010
E-learning module
This module covers aspects related to transboundary protected areas and regional networks (PoWPA Goal 1.3), including the establishment, planning, management and assessment of transboundary areas.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
5/8/2010
Article
An article about the effort of the private sector in the protection of transboundary areas: The “El Corbalán-Cañada El Carmen” Private Transboundary Conservation Area Between Bolivia And Paraguay. (26 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas,3.1 Enabling policy and legal environment
Topics:Transboundary areas,Private protected areas
4/15/2010251 Kb
Report
This publication is about Transfrontier Ecosystems and Internationally Adjoining Protected Areas. (13 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/15/201073 Kb
Report
This publication is about the Development and Application of Ecological Networks: A Review of Proposals, Plans and Programmes. (133 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
4/15/2010875 Kb
Report
It's an article about the role of Transboundary Natural Resource Management in peace buildingacross international borders. (17 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/15/2010110 Kb
Report
It's an article about Transboundary Conservation in Southern Africa: Exploring conflict between local resource access and conservation. (32 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas,Sustainable use
4/15/2010123 Kb
Report
It's a report about evaluation of approaches for designing and implementing ecological networks in the Alps. (41 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
4/15/2010473 Kb
Report
It's a paper about Basic Standards for Transfrontier Cooperation between European Protected Areas. (3 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/14/201020 Kb
Report
Appendix : Regional maps of internationally adjoining protected areas. (14 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/14/2010655 Kb
Comprehensive guide
It's a guideline manual about security issues in the Planning and Management of Transboundary Conservation Areas. (40 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/13/2010241 Kb
Article
It's an article about Addressing Security Issues in Treaties and other International Agreements. (37 pages).
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/13/2010268 Kb
Report
It's a paper about evaluating transboundary protected areas: achieving biodiversity targets. (11 pages). Paper prepared for the workshop on Transboundary Protected Areas in the Governance Stream of the 5th World Parks Congress, Durban, South Africa, 12-13 September 2003.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/8/2010157 Kb
Article
It's a paper about promoting conflict sensitivity in transboundary protected areas : a role for peace and conflict impact assessments. (12 pages). This paper was prepared for the workshop on Transboundary Protected Areas in the Governance Stream of the 5th World Parks Congress, Durban, South Africa, 12-13 September 2003.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
4/7/2010153 Kb
Report
This publication is about the ecosystem approach and five steps to implementation. (39 pages). Published by IUCN.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
4/1/2010608 Kb
Article
The Maputaland Conservation Planning System and Conservation Assessment
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas,Landscape conservation
3/31/20101024 Kb
Report
It's a 2007 UNEP-WCMC Global List of Transboundary Protected Areas. (78 pages). UNEP-WCMC .
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
3/13/2010257 Kb
Comprehensive guide
It's a report about security considerations in the planning and management of transboundary conservation areas. (86 pages). Published by IUCN.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
3/10/20103072 Kb
Case study
It's a report about The use of Buffer Zone as an Adaptation Measure for Anthropogenic and Climate Change Impacts in the Morne Trois Piton National Park and Morne Diablotin National Park.(29 pages)
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas,1.4 Management planning and climate change adaptation
Topics:Resilience and adaptation planning
10/27/2009195 Kb
Case study
It's a 12 pages report about the national ecological network in the Netherlands (structure, results, evaluation of the results ans challenges for the future). (MANFQ) Monique Hootsmans and Hans Kampf & al.
Themes:1.2 Protected area policy and landscape integration,1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Connectivity
9/25/20092048 Kb
Report
A comprehensive report on transboundary natural resource management in sub-Saharan Africa. 188 pp. der Linde et al. 2001
Themes:1.2 Protected area policy and landscape integration,1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas,Policy integration
8/2/20092048 Kb
Article
An article (11 pp) on evaluating transboundary protected areas. Reyers.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
10/29/2008157 Kb
Comprehensive guide
An IUCN guide to transboundary protected areas. 117 pages. Author:Sandwith et al.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
2/4/20081024 Kb
Report
A WCMC list of transboundary protected areas. 78 pages.
Themes:1.3 Regional networks and transboundary areas
Topics:Transboundary areas
2/4/2008257 Kb

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme