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 …

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 …

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

The new road and contact station were formally inaugurated at the entrance to Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, making this one of most interesting wild places to visit in the Las Vegas Lands. More about Sloan Canyon as we explore this protected area on foot. The Nawghaw Poa Road (“mountain sheep trail” in Paiute!) and contact station is open …

Call for Public Comment on National Monuments

Washington, DC – The Interior Department has recently announced a public comment period for the review of President Trump’s executive order calling for the Interior Department to review a range of National Monuments created over the past 16 years through Presidential proclamations. The complete list is here. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be …

Colombia Celebrates Biodiversity Day #SoyNaturalista

Poster: Parques Nacionales de Colombia, #SoyNaturalista #SoyNaturalista = Literally, I am a naturalist. Hashtag used by Spanish-speaking tweeters. Here we take a deep dive and applaud the work in Colombia which uses the #SoyNaturalista hashtag as a translation of a bioblitz. Key Links http://www.parquesnacionales.gov.co http://www.parquesnacionales.gov.co/portal/es/soynaturalista https://twitter.com/ParquesColombia Celebrating the Diversity Days While Planeta.com is not able to join …