IAPA’s Annual Work Plan for 2016/2017

Goal of IAPA: The IAPA unites all kinds of protected areas (PA) in the world to promote more effective management and conservation. The IAPA will promote coordination, collaboration and cooperation among PAs at national, regional and international levels, via closely working with existing organizations endeavored to PA conservation. The IAPA will strive to attain a rational and ethically balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

  1. Establish the IAPA working committee in Beijing

Working with the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS), establish the IAPA working committee in Beijing, to promote communication among PAs, and providing technical support to them.

  1. Enhance the cooperation with international conventions and organizations.
    1. Communicate with international conventions like Convention on Biological Diversity and Ramsar Convention, in order to integrate IAPA‘s works with other relevant PA projects. IAPA members will be encouraged to develop biodiversity conservation plans and conduct education on these convention.
    2. Sign an agreement before the end of Dec. 2016 with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), develop training plan during March~May 2017, conduct training during the time of GA in October 2017; develop a systematic training plan for member PAs including online training.
  2. Establish and develop electronic communication platform
    1. Gather member profiles and put them on the IAPA website before the end of Dec. 2016; further complete the functions and uses of the Chinese and English versions of the website; regularly update the work progress, research results and international cooperation of IAPA members.
    2. Establish a wechat group of IAPA to promote communications among IAPA members;
    3. Invite an IT expert to serve as an advisory committee member by the end of Dec. 2016, to promote effectiveness of communication and support for protected areas through social media.
  3. Develop a series working groups to promote solid work on priority needs of IAPA members
    1. Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group: Dr. Zhang Zhibin will lead the preparatory work to select the Chairs and members of the working group by the end of Dec. 2016. The WG will develop its workplan, and conduct work on developing monitoring objectives, technologies and criteria, and working with member PAs for demonstration. In 2017, IAPA will focus on promoting sharing of data and results on trans-regional migratory endangered species conservation and monitoring actions. IAPA will seek to establish a sharing data mechanism on the same species or the same ecosystem among IAPA members. The working group will also promote development of the species genetic resource bank.

Education Working Group: Ms. Shen Xingna will lead the preparatory work to select the Chairs and members of this working group by the end of Dec. 2016. The WG will develop its workplan, and conduct work on developing text books, training plan and introducing materials from other countries. It will support IAPA members to establish freely available education systems for local students, civil servants and communities.

  1. Preparation of establishing IAPA Fund to support alliance development, provide funding support to species genetic resource bank development, monitoring and evaluation, members activities and communication.

Dr. Xie Zhongyan, the Chair of IAPA and Mr. Li Zhihong, the Secretary General, will take the responsibility.

  1. Promote IAPA development and promotion
    1. Initiate publishing the IAPA member’s Newsletter to share members’ conservation experiences and effects.
    2. Actively increase members throughout the world.
    3. Actively promote international cooperation and exchanges among IAPA members, conduct training on research, conservation and monitoring; and promote IAPA members to participate in international and domestic meetings.
    4. Promote wider sharing of scientific and technological achievements of IAPA members. The Advisory Committee will give guidance, assessments and suggestions on research programs of IAPA members.