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MEMBER UPDATE: Local communities bring markhor back to Chitral Gol National Park, Pakistan
11 December 2018: Pakistan lies at the crossroads of three zoogeographic regions, and its diverse geography, soil, and climate give the country a rich diversity of fauna and flora. Located in the lofty mountains of the Hindukush, the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is famous for supporting the largest wild population of markhor, classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Chitral Gol National Park was established in 1984 to protect this species and others.

Sabah Parks, Malaysia, joins APAP
11 December 2018: APAP welcomed Sabah Parks of Sabah, Malaysia, as its newest Member in September. The 54-year-old organisation brings to APAP a wealth of experience in managing a range of different landscapes and ecosystems and is considered a role model in tropical biodiversity management.

Raising APAP’s profile on the global stage at 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference
4 December 2018: On 21 November, APAP organised a side event at the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP14) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. At the event, APAP shared some of the lessons learned from the partnership and explored its role in helping achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Despite the late hour and distant venue, the side event drew a packed crowd of some 60 people.

MEMBER UPDATE: Skills-based Volunteering in Korea National Parks
26 October 2018: A Skills-based Volunteering Programme has been launched in Korea National Parks to promote involvement in national park management. Volunteers who have knowledge, skills, talents and experience in park management participate in pro bono activities in Korea National Parks, and are called “Honorary Park Rangers.”

MEMBER UPDATE: National Park Citizens’ College an education programme for local people
26 October 2018: National Park Citizens’ College, the education programme that aims to enhance local people’s understanding of their neighbouring national parks, has been run by the Korea National Park Service (KNPS) since 2008. The two-month programme consists of a field experience component and ten lectures on the various aspects of national parks. These range from management systems and policy to natural and cultural resource management. Since its first delivery at Seoraksan National Park in 2008, 16 Korean national parks have adopted this programme and now run it annually. Between 2008 and 2017, 3,605 people participated in the National Park Citizens’ College.

MEMBER UPDATE: Learning from each other and building friendship between Asian protected areas managers
26 October 2018: The Korea National Park Friendship Program (KNPFP), which the Korea National Park Service (KNPS) has been conducting annually since 2014, took place this year between 3 and 30 June 2018. This year, 13 protected area managers from Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand – nine of whom represented Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) members – participated. The programme’s aim is to form cooperative relationships with overseas protected area management agencies, and to provide opportunities for overseas park rangers to gain firsthand experience in national park management.

The Importance of Quality: Fourth APAP technical workshop promotes effective management of protected areas
24 September 2018: From 19 to 21 June 2018, the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) hosted its fourth technical workshop in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The event addressed the effective management of protected areas, and focused in particular on Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) and the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the new international standard for management.

New State Member and first ever Associate Member join APAP
18 April 2018: Two new members have joined APAP since the beginning of 2018. In January, The State Forestry and Grassland Administration (SFA) of the People’s Republic of China became APAP’s newest Country Member; and in March, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) joined as its very first Associate Member.


MEMBER UPDATE: Korea Database on Protected Areas launched
30 March 2018: The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea (MOEK) and Korea National Park Service (KNPS) have developed the Korea Database on Protected Areas (KDPA) as a means to organise and compile national data on protected areas. The standardised nature of the database is expected to help improve the effectiveness of policymaking process related to protected areas.


MEMBER UPDATE: Korea National Park Friendship Program for 2018
30 March 2018: As part of an initiative to form cooperative relationships with overseas protected area management agencies, the Korea National Park Service (KNPS) has been conducting its Korea National Park Friendship Programme (KNPFP) annually since 2014. The KNPFP aims to provide opportunities for overseas park rangers to gain on-the-ground experience in national park management through exchange with Korea’s national park professionals.


Q & A: Minsun Kim talks APAP and the importance of sharing knowledge
28 March 2018: Following the third Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) Technical Workshop in Bhutan, IUCN Asia had the opportunity to sit down with Minsun Kim, who recently joined the IUCN Asia Regional Office in Bangkok as Programme Officer for Protected Areas. Minsun is on a special secondment from the Korea National Park Service – a proud supporter of APAP – and has a particular responsibility to assist with the development and operation of APAP.

From conflict to co-existence: Third APAP Technical Workshop addresses human-wildlife conflict in Asia
26 March 2018: Over 80 conservation practitioners from across Asia came together to learn about ways of reducing and preventing human-wildlife conflict (HWC) at a technical workshop organised under the auspices of the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP)in Bhutan, a country that has already developed a national strategy to combat the issue.

APAP to hold technical event on human-wildlife conflict
6 October 2017: From 5-8 November, the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) will be hosting a technical workshop on human-wildlife conflict (HWC). This is the third technical workshop that APAP has hosted since its inception in 2013. The learning event will take place in Bhutan, a country that has already developed a National Strategy on Human-Wildlife Conflict, and participants will include representatives from APAP member organisations.

Asia Protected Areas Partnership Poised to Enter New Phase
18 September 2017: Regional collaboration on protected areas in Asia continued to gather momentum on a number of fronts, with the announcement of several new developments at the 3rd Steering Committee meeting for the Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) in Bangkok, Thailand, on 2 and 3 August 2017.

Invitation to Propose Sites: Conservation Finance Incubator
9 June 2017: IUCN is seeking to partner with protected and conserved areas to seek and learn ways to improve conservation financing.  We are looking for partner sites that already participate in the IUCN Green List, or otherwise demonstrate a strong commitment to effective and equitable management and conservation.


Second APAP workshop: Collaborative management of protected areas emphasised
4 April 2017: The importance of collaborative protected area management through active stakeholder engagement took centre stage at the second Asia Protected Areas Partnership (APAP) workshop held in Hakone, Japan from 13-15 February 2017.


Asia Protected Areas Partnership features on the global stage at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
1 November 2016: The unique role of protected area partnerships - including APAP - was highlighted at a well-attended event organised as part of the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i. The workshop on The Benefits of Protected Area Partnerships: Fostering Innovative Solutions for a Planet at the Crossroads drew an active group of some 70 participants.

Asia Protected Areas Partnership continues to gain momentum
6 October 2016: APAP is making significant headway for protected areas with the adoption of the APAP constitution, alongside several other developments including the finalisation of its logo and welcoming of its newest members, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in India, and the Forest Department of the Ministry of Mahaweli Environment and Development, Sri Lanka.

Q & A: Expert tips on protected area management, and a shout out to rangers
22 July 2016: At a recent APAP Steering Committee meeting, IUCN Asia had the opportunity to speak to Ignace Schopps, President of the EUROPARC Federation, the largest network on natural heritage in Europe, during which he shared EUROPARC's achievements and what APAP can do to achieve similar success.

Asia Protected Areas Partnership gathers pace as Steering Committee meets in Bangkok
22 July 2016: APAP's annual Steering Committee meeting was held in Bangkok from 14-15 July. The event was attended by representatives from APAP member countries and several international organizations, with the aim of assessing the Partnership's achievements and discussing the way forward.

Two new members join the Asia Protected Areas Partnership
26 October 2015: APAP has continued to gather momentum in recent months with the addition of two new members, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Wildlife Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Collaborating on protected area management
20 September 2015: APAP is featured in a side event at IUCN's 6th Asia Regional Conservation Forum to promote APAP to IUCN Members and to gain feedback on its future activities.

New report and partnership highlight need for action on Asia's Protected Areas
18 November 2014: Asia's protected areas were in the spotlight today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, with the release of the first-ever Asia Protected Planet report.

Asian leaders and IUCN establish new partnership for protected areas
28 April 2014: Senior government officials from 12 Asian countries and IUCN agree to establish a new transboundary Asian partnership on protected areas, following a meeting in Bangkok last week.

Protected areas in Asia critical to health of society and economy
25 April 2014: Senior government officials from 12 Asian countries have concluded a meeting in Bangkok today to explore the establishment of a new transboundary Asian partnership on protected areas.