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Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA): Innovation in Protected Areas System Management

Ministério do Meio Ambiente/Programa Áreas Protegidas da Amazônia

Date and Time
29 May 2008 13:15 - 14:45

Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)

Created in 2003 by the Brazilian government for the conservation of a significant sample of Amazonian biodiversity, the Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA) has developed a range of best practices concerning the management of Protected Areas in Brazil. The ARPA Program is coordinated by the Ministry of the Environment and implemented by a technical and financial partnership with Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, state governments, the Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity FUNBIO and donor institutions. During the first 4 years, the Program has been provided with US$ 81,5 million from the Global Environmental Facility/World Bank, WWF-Brazil and KfW, along with the Brazilian government. In addition to that, the program receives technical cooperation from GTZ. Results achieved so far have already exceeded some of the program targets: a total of 41 new protected areas (22.5 million hectares) have been created and are currently under implementation. Studies for the creation of further protected areas (10 million hectares) are being supported. In addition to that, more than 8 million hectares of Protected Areas - 17 sites created before March 2000 that already existed before the beginning of the Program - are being consolidated. The Protected Areas Endowment Fund – the main sustainable financing mechanism of the program – was created in 2006 and had a capitalization of US$ 17 million by December 2007. The event will present and discuss the results achieved so far and some management tools that contributed to the improved efficiency and efficacy in the implementation of the National System of Protected Areas in the Amazon region: 1) The Evaluation Tool for Protected Areas Effectiveness, applied in over 80 protected areas, 2) the online-based Integrated System of Coordination and Management of the ARPA Program (SisARPA) and 3) the Conservation and Investment Strategy that sets investment priorities based on scientific data on biodiversity and threats.