Who is IAPA?



1、Click here:IAPA Executive Committee, Advisory Committee, Secretariat

2、Click here:Join IAPA


IAPA Brief Introduction:2.c1 IAPA introdution

IAPA 2018/2019? work plan:3.2 2018-2019 workplan

Newsletter 2017:2.c3 IAPA 1st newsletter

Newsletter 2018:2.c2 IAPA 2nd newsletter(en) 2




International Alliance of Protected Areas (IAPA) was proposed by Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve during the Changbaishan Eco-Forum in 2013. The first and second General Assembly (GA) of IAPA were held in Changbaishan and Shennongjia National Nature Reserve, China. The third GA will be held in Changbaishan National Nature Reserve on 25 Sept. 2016. By July 2016, there are 41 PA members joined in IAPA.

With strong support of Jilin Provincial Forestry Department and Changbai Mountain Protection Development Zone Management Committee, IAPA is officially established in 2016 and affiliated to the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS). ISZS which provide support on international cooperation and technical aspects.

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. Develop cooperation and communication mechanisms among the world’s PA to share advanced conservation management policies and technologies, in order to jointly improve management standards of PA;
  2. Promote species survey and monitoring in member PAs by adopting compatible technologies that allow comparative analyses and facilitate information sharing among members;
  3. Promote trans-regional endangered species conservation and monitoring actions jointly taking by member PAs, via formulating conservation strategy and survey and monitoring methods for long distance migratory endangered species.
  4. Promote monitoring and mitigating the impact of global climate change on biodiversity, via developing and applying standards of indicators, technologies and databases.
  5. Promote conservation education and eco-tourism, enhance public awareness of the importance of PA conservation, and reduce the threats to PAs. Improve the social status and influence of PAs, and increase support to PAs from society.
  6. Explore the possibility to positively involve the local communities in finding sustainable livelihood.

Who should join IAPA and how it works?

The members of IAPA shall be only organizational members of protected areas in the world. Any other international, regional, national, local, professional organization involved in the field of PA management and conservation can join in as observers.

Annual IAPA member’s meeting shall be held at least once a year to review the IAPA work reports, elect officers and EC members, and develop annual workplan of IAPA members. The meeting will be held by Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve in every even-numbered year and by other IAPA member protected areas every odd-numbered year. The Changbaishan Mountain Nature Reserve shall assume the responsibility to sustain the IAPA member meeting whenever IAPA member is absent or unable to act. The IAPA will be mainly financed by the Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve which will finance the permanent Secretariat.

Current members of IAPA

Members outside of China: Administration office of Uvs Nuur Authority, Mongolia; State NBR “Katunskiy”, Altaiskiy State NBR, Russia; Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Nepal; Mount Merapi NP, Gunung Halimun Salak NP, Indonesia; Kruger NP, South African NPs, South Africa; GunungRinjani National Park, Indonesia; Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park, Indonesia; Thap Lan National Park, Thailand; Thungyai Naresuan East Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.

Members from China: Anhui Yangtze Alligator NNR, Guangdong Chebaling NNR, Guangdong Dinghushan NNR, Guangdong Nanling NNR, Guangdong Shixing Nanshan PNR, Guangdong Xiangtoushan NNR, Heilongjiang Cuibei Wetland PNR, Heilongjiang Fenglin NNR, Hubei Shennongjia NNR, Hunan East Dongtinghu NNR, Inner Mongolia Da Hinggan Ling Hanma NNR, Inner Mongolia Dalai Lake NNR, Inner Mongolia Saihan Ul NNR, Jiangsu Yancheng Littoral Mudflats and Valuable Fowls NNR, Jiangxi Duchang Migratory Birds PNR, Jiangxi Poyanghu NNR, Jilin Chagan Lake NNR, Jilin Changbai Mountain NNR, Liaoning Shedao-Laotieshan NNR, Shaanxi Changqing NNR, Shaanxi Niubeiliang NNR , Sichan Wanglang NBR, Sichuan Dongyanggou PNR, Sichuan Longxi-Hongkou NNR, Sichuan Maozhai PNR, Sichuan Tangjiahe NNR, Sichuan Wolong NNR, Yunnan Gaoligongshan NNR, Yunnan Xishuangbanna NNR

Executive Committee:

Chair: Dr. XIE Zhongyan, Director, Changbai Mountain Protection Development Zone Management Committee, Jilin, China

Vice Chair: Ms. SHEN Xingna, Director, Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China

Secretariat General: Mr. LI Zhihong, Director, Changbai Mountain Nature Conservation Management Center, Jilin, China

Chief Scientist: Dr. XIE Yan, Co-coordinator, Protected Area Working Group of ISZS.


Dr. Frederik Venter, Kruger to Canyans Biosphere Reserve, South Africa

Dr. Tatiana Yashina, Science Director, Katunskiy Biosphere Reserve, Russia

Mr. Jiang Shiwei, Director, Wanglang National Nature Reserve, China

Advisory Committee:

Chair: Dr. John MacKinnon, UK

Vice-Chair: Dr. Wang Ding, China;

Members: Dr. Jeff McNeely, USA, Mr. Valeriy Neronov, Russia.


Note: NP=National Park; NNR=National Nature Reserve; NBR=Nature Biosphere Reserve; PNR=Provincial Nature Reserve