German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Privately Protected Areas

Best practice guidelines

Photo: Ralf Grunewald
Gruppenbild Photo: Ralf Grunewald

The developed advice will be distributed as part of the Best Practice Protected Areas Guidelines, a series published by IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, by the end of 2018.

The workshop on Vilm examined current practice in PPAs and private, voluntary nature stewardship. Participants discussed barriers to the wider acceptance, legal recognition, and documentation of PPAs globally. A key output of the workshop is a framework for IUCN guidance on management and governance of privately protected areas. The group also advised IUCN and WCPA on how they might address the mandate on PPAs delivered by the IUCN membership in October 2016 as IUCN Resolution WCC 2016 Res 036: Supporting privately protected areas.

In 2014, IUCN WCPA published technical guidance on PPAs providing clear guidance on a definition and associated terminology related to PPAs and set the foundations for better understanding these vital, yet often overlooked areas for conservation. The current effort builds on that guidance, the 2014 report “Futures of Privately Protected Areas”.

IUCN-WCPA’s Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines are “the world’s authoritative resource for protected area managers. Applied in the field, they are building institutional and individual capacity to manage protected area systems effectively, equitably and sustainably, and to cope with the myriad of challenges faced in practice. They also assist national governments, protected area agencies, non-governmental organizations, communities and private sector partners to meet their commitments and goals, and especially the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Programme of Work on Protected Areas.” (Photo: Ralf Grunewald)

Last Change: 17/08/2017