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IABIN Vision Meeting October 28 th – 29 th, 2008, Washington, DC Protected Areas Thematic Network Presented by Helena Pavese Protected Areas Programme UNEP-WCMC
PATN Objectives To promote the more effective sharing of information on protected areas within and between the countries of the Americas Hemisphere, building on and contributing to existing global experience in this area through close collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and the UNEPWCMC.
PATN Progress Year 1 – Planning phase • • • Establishment of the PATN Consortium Initial contact with IABIN Focal Points Development of work plan Year 2 – Screening phase Consultancies: 1. Identify available databases and data sources; 2. Identification and prioritization of information needs and gaps; 3. Identification of PA management effectiveness tools and assessments; Year 3 – Defining standards and protocols Improving PA data management and sharing
PATN Progress Year 3 – Defining standards and protocols • PATN Architecture and data gathering strategy (V. 2. 3) • PATN Data standards (v 1. 1) • PATN Conceptual data model (v 2. 3)
PATN Architecture and data gathering strategy (v. 2. 3) • PATN adopts the “Attribute data structure for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) - Version 1. 1” as standard; • PATN adopts the new WDPA web-based data digitizing tools; • PATN integrates the WDPA Database view to the PATN Web Portal as the “PATN database”; – Develop a “widget” in order to present the Region’s PA data at PATN web portal. • In order to integrate PATN data to other TNs the WDPA needs to be integrated to IABIN Network.
PATN Data Core Standard v 1. 0
Done! Under tests! Next Step! Done! Under negotiation Under development
PATN Progress Year 3 – Improving PA data management and sharing • PATN Web portal; • Data digitizing tools; – Brazilian Government • Geospatial data tool web based • Protected Areas Catalog System – WDPA • New Web Based data entry and edit tool • Linking with national and regional initiatives;
http: //protectedareas. iabin. net
www. wdpa. org
Year 3 – Improving PA data management and sharing PATN Data Content Grant • PATN will be launched at the end August 2008 the “Request for Proposals” • US$ 100, 000 available for proposals (US$ 10, 000 max) • Focus on “Data Digitizing Activities” • Data must be compatible and accessible by PATN Database / World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) • Options of data management: – Use the WDPA web based interface; – Adopt the National Protected Areas Database System offered by Brazil. – Organize and send digitized data to PATN Coordinating Institution, following PATN Data Standards.
Strengthens • • • Knowledge on PA data management is well advanced; Information is available for most countries; Already has a world network of Protected Areas expertise with over 1, 400 members, covering 140 countries (WCPA). Existence of a centralized database (WDPA); Existence of data update and exchange processes; Existence of a institution and the infrastructure to host and publish the data (UNEP-WCMC);
Weaknesses • • • No mature and published data standards and protocols for data exchange; No link established yet between databases and IABIN; Low interest and participation of countries;
Challenges • • Little or no involvement of PATN Consortium members; Difficult communication with IABIN Focal points; Identification of PA Technical representatives; Better integration with other IABIN Geospatial data;
Opportunities • • Existence of national PA databases; Synergies between databases; Interest in partnerships and cooperation Existence of robust PATN management systems; • Use WDPA web based data entry tool and/or Brazilian Ministry of Environmental Catalogue System.
PATN Future • March 2009 – End of agreement between OAS and Fundação O Boticário • Who will coordinate the PATN? ? • Recreate the PATN Consortium Board and ensure members involvement; • Strengthen (formalise? ) communication with countries PA representatives; • Improve coordination with other PATNs; • Maintain and improve coordination with regional and global initiatives; • Improve support for countries in data gathering and management; • Ensure long-term sustainability of the network (e. g. formalising data sharing)