New World Heritage Site: Los Alerces National Park

photo: nampelkafenahuel, los alerces Breaking News: The World Heritage Committee has just inscribed Parque Nacional Los Alerces (Los Alerces National Park) on the list of World Heritage Sites. This page will be updated and revised. Argentina has four national parks as world heritage site. This park will celebrate its 80th anniversary this year. Protected natural areas …

Webinar: Visitor Use Management Framework, Part 2

IUCN/WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS) in partnership with the Interagency Visitor Use Management Council (IVUMC) and Ecoturismo Genuino presented a live video webinar July 5. The Visitor Use Management Framework is a process designed for federal managers to collaboratively develop, implement, and monitor strategies and actions to provide sustainable access to lands …

World Network of Biosphere Reserves, Status Report

Poster: Masurian Lakes Biosphere Reserve Publisher’s Note: We are editing and adding links to UNESCO Press Release The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme meeting in Paris has added 23 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including four that straddle national boundaries. These additions were made during the MAB …

How do we value the Great Barrier Reef?

Recommended Reading: The Deloitte Access Economics has estimated the economic, social and iconic value of the Great Barrier Reef in a report  – At what price? The economic, social and icon value of the Great Barrier Reef – commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Among the take-aways: The Great Barrier Reef contributed $6.4 billion in …

Webinar: Visitor Use Management Framework

Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework (VUM) Part 1 June 22, 2017, 10:00 (MST) The Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) is a network of professionals committed to promoting sustainable tourism in protected areas globally, and whose mission is to provide a forum where people collaborate, stimulate dialogue, share expertise, develop and …

Cabo Pulmo National Park

Photo: Arrecifes coralinos del Parque Nacional Cabo Pulmo Mexico – A new visitor’s center has been inaugurated this week at Cabo Pulmo National Park. The coral reef in Cabo Pulmo Bay is one of the few reef areas in the eastern Pacific and the only one in the Gulf of California or Sea of ​​Cortez. The …

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, ranges in width from 0.25 to 15 miles (0.4 to 24 kilometers) …

Exploring El Chico National Park (Parque Nacional El Chico)

Photo: Fernando Garcia Aguinaco, Parque Nacional El Chico Higalgo, Mexico – El Chico (The Little One) National Park was Mexico’s first national forest reserve, decreed so by President Porfirio Díaz at the end of the 19th century. Deforestation began three centuries earlier, when the metal-working industry indiscriminately chopped down trees for firewood. Today the 2,739 …