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Ana Krvarić

Project Officer at WWF Adria

Editorial essay - COVID‐19 and protected and conserved areas

This special editorial provides a snapshot of how protected and conserved areas around the world are being impacted by COVID-19.

The essay brings a commentary on how effectively and equitably managed systems of protected and conserved areas can be part of a response to the pandemic that both lessens the chance of a recurrence of similar events and builds a more sustainable future for people and nature.

Editorial is concluded with a Call for Action made up of three elements:

  • core principles (Principle 1: COVID-19 is a symptom of the wider environmental crisis; Principle 2: We must commit to and act to achieve a healthy, sustainable planet; Principle 3: Protected and conserved areas provide broad benefits to society, but these are now under severe stress due to our societal response to COVID-19)
  • actions (1. Rescue: an immediate emergency response to cushion the shock from COVID-19; 2. Recover: a plan to overcome the damaging effects of COVID-19; 3. Rebuild Stronger, starting now: a strategy to put protected and conserved areas on a more secure and effective trajectory), and
  • commitment from the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Area (establish a Task Force to collect and analyze information on the impacts of COVID-19 on protected and conserved areas; develop, refine and promote the Call for Action; develop principles and good practice for protected and conserved areas across the three phases of the response to the pandemic - rescue, recovery and rebuilding.)

Full editorial can be found at this LINK  

#COVID19 #COVID19Impact #management #PandemiaImpact #ProtectedArea #ProtectedAreaManagement #WCPA

Ana Krvarić

Project Officer at WWF Adria

INVITATION to the EU Regions Week talk ˝Socioeconomic effects of the pandemic on central Europe & why transnational cooperation is central to become more resilient˝, 14 October, 14:30 - 15:00 CET

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. The acute health crisis continues and negative socioeconomic consequences are fast beginning to show. More cooperation among central European regions and cities will be needed in the next years to become more resilient together.

You are invited to register before 27 September for the talk session at the fully virtual #EURegionsWeek 2020 to hear more and discuss:

> How the pandemic affected central Europe and why cooperation is central in a “new normal”

> Which key challenges need to be addressed and funded by the next Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme in view of the COVID-19 aftermath

The whole session will last no longer than 30 minutes.

Registration at: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1170_en   

#COVID19 #europe #Interreg #pandemic #resilience

Fernando Pinillos

CEETO Communication Manager at EUROPARC Federation

FIDELO project call for collaboration on COVID impact on Parks

 

FIDELIO project (https://www.fidelio.landecon.cam.ac.uk/) is currently researching the impact that the COVID19 crisis is having on Parks (or administrations responsible for Parks) , especially those with a high tourism offer. For that reason, it is inviting Park representatives and managing bodies willing to collaborate to share their experience in order to:

  • Explore the importance of protected areas for local communities before, during and after the pandemic;
  • Identify effective policy tools that can promote behavioural change in users when visiting protected areas;
  • Contribute in a network of communication between European protected areas to exchange information and experiences regarding COVID-19 management issues;
  • Identify opportunities for change.

May you be interested in collaborating please contact: fidelio@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

It will only require you to be interviewed by the researcher and to attend two workshops online on 1st July and 1st September. Places are limited.

 

#COVID19 #COVID19 impact #pandemia impact #park management