Privately Protected Areas
Privately Protected Areas (PPAs) are protected areas under private governance, and therefore they relate to but are distinct from government PAs, indigenous and community conserved areas, and combinations of the same. PPAs likewise enable the long-term conservation of biodiversity and provide important ecosystem services. However, unlike their government and indigenous counterparts, PPAs are often overlooked and not supported or reported. In 2018, the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) published Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas in an effort to elevate the awareness, recognition and integrity of PPAs.
To support capacity building on PPAs, BfN’s International Academy for Nature Conservation and the IUCN WCPA’s Specialist Group on Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship have developed a set of training materials. The materials are intended to develop worldwide capacity for identifying, recognising, supporting and reporting PPAs. The training will help participants to understand all aspects of establishing, managing and securing PPAs over the long term.
The training materials are designed for self-guided instruction. The training materials include a wealth of written materials, with video introductions to that information. All materials are free for use by anyone interested.
We suggest to start with the introductory video, which puts PPAs in context. The 8 video presentations will introduce you to each section of the PPA Guidelines, you might want to consult the Guidelines document for more detail. The recordings of the Vital Sites Webinars include the 8 section videos but add additional expert views. The learning plan gives you an overview of what is covered in the materials and what the respective learning objectives of the materials are.