JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2012) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the world's oldest and largest global environmental network - today released new guidelines on ecological restoration for protected areas which were led by Parks Canada and modelled on Canada's own national approach to ecological restoration.
"It's an honour for Parks Canada to be a key participant in the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress, and for Canada's ecological restoration framework to now be recommended as the international approach to ecological restoration for protected areas," said Alan Latourelle, Parks Canada's CEO.
The Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas: Principles, Guidelines, and Best Practices were led by Parks Canada in collaboration with the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and many other contributors worldwide, and will be part of the IUCN's "Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines" series of publications, which is recognized globally as a source of leading-edge guidance on the establishment and management of protected areas.
Parks Canada's approach to ecological restoration and other aspects of natural resource conservation recognizes the importance of integrating actions like restoring natural habitat with facilitating meaningful visitor experiences and providing learning opportunities. This approach encourages broad collaboration and engagement both within and outside the organization, leading to enhanced support for restoration actions and, ultimately the achievement of better conservation, visitor experience and public awareness outcomes.
"The IUCN's adoption of our approach to ecological restoration is tremendous validation of the great work we have been doing in Canada," added Mr. Latourelle. "We see this approach working in places like Grasslands National Park where we re-introduced plains bison and black-footed ferrets, as well as in La Mauricie National Park and the GwaiI Haanas National Park Reserve. Our success in these treasured Canadian places is a direct result of integrating public awareness activities and visitor experience with on-the-ground restoration work. These successes will ensure these amazing protected areas can be enjoyed by future generations."
The guidelines were released as part of the 2012 World Conservation Congress, the world's largest conservation event, where leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, businesses, UN agencies and social organizations are meeting in Jeju from September 6 to15, 2012 to discuss, debate and decide solutions for the world's most pressing environment and development issues.
The publication Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas: Principles, Guidelines, and Best Practices can be downloaded at: www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/wcpa/wcpa_puball/wcpa_bpg/