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Status on Key Actions


PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1
Progress in marine protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 1

Priority Actions

countries
1
actions
8
steps
33
timeframe
2012 - 2020
cost
$2,475,000

Sustainable financing and mechanism
2012 - 2020 $55,000
2017 $10,000 1.1) Develop a policy or regulation under an existing Legislation to enable the establishment of an Environment Trust Fund.
2017 $5,000 1.2) Develop an independent board to manage the trust fund (voluntary)
2015 $10,000 1.3) Develop guidelines for applications
2015 $10,000 1.4) Develop rules and criteria for approval processes of applications
2016 $20,000 1.5) Hold a Roundtable on Sustainable financing for Protected Areas
Develop and implement site-level management plans
2013 - 2020 $700,000
2018 $300,000 2.1) Baseline study of the protected area
2014 2.2) Identify specific realistic goals for management
2015 2.3) Develop targeted monitoring methodology
2020 $200,000 2.4) Develop management plans (with community and relevant stakeholder input)
2020 $100,000 2.5) Use monitoring results to update management plans
2020 $100,000 2.6) Implementation of management plan (at least one)
Establishing an effective PA monitoring system
2012 - 2020 $70,000
2015 $10,000 6.1) Management goals and objectives clearly identified
2020 $10,000 6.2) Monitoring indicators identified to meet goals for the different PA system
2018 $20,000 6.3) Financial mechanism
2018 $20,000 6.4) Data management mechanism
2015 $10,000 6.5) Reporting process
Assessing gaps in the protected area network
2015 - 2020 $140,000
2018 $60,000 3.1) Analyses of existing data
2018 3.2) Identify priorities
2018 3.3) Plot location of IUCN Red list species or nationally prioritized species
2018 $60,000 3.4) Analysis of top priority sites (rare spp. Etc.)
2020 $20,000 3.5) Report
Assessing the values of protected areas
2012 - 2016 $100,000
2015 $10,000 4.1) Identify ecosystem service to value
2015 $50,000 4.2) Valuation study of ecosystem service
2015 $40,000 4.3) Communicate results to decision makers
Assessing management effectiveness for both government and communities
2015 - 2020 $110,000
2020 $10,000 5.1) Management goals clearly identified
2020 $10,000 5.2) Monitoring measures to inform the goals
2020 $50,000 5.3) Assess whether communities can independently implement adaptive management
2020 $40,000 5.4) Comparison of PA and controlled sites
Developing a research programme for protected areas
2013 - 2020 $900,000
2018 $100,000 7.1) Habitat modeling incorporating climate scenarios to evaluate different areas for habitat irreplaceability
2018 $400,000 7.2) Feasibility study on rehabilitating Fanga’uta and Fangakakau Lagoon Marine Reserve
2018 $400,000 7.3) Coral Reef Resilience
Establishing transboundary protected areas and regional networks
2012 - 2020 $400,000
2013 - 2020 $200,000 Agreements with regional partners/countries on ecological corridors for whales, turtles, etc.
2013 - 2020 $200,000 Strengthen monitoring of compliance and enforcement for protected areas

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme