IUCN launches guide in Spanish to strengthen and promote the role of privately protected areas (PPAs) in nature conservation

The Spanish version of Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas was launched at the III Congress on Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Peru.

Guidelines for Privately Protected Areas is aimed at PPA owners, groups, NGOs, corporations, companies, universities, government officials, management agencies policy-makers, among others, that require a clear route and standards accepted by IUCN in terms of conservation, to do an effective job in the protection of nature, its ecosystem services and associated cultural values.

According to this guide, despite there being an increasing amount of state protected areas, many ecoregions that are significant due to their biodiversity are poorly represented and many remain outside formal protected areas yet are in privately or communal owned lands or indigenous lands. Hence, there are already thousands of PPAs around the world, but their management and work remains largely unknown and under recognized, even when these initiatives often fill gaps in national protected area systems in terms of geographical coverage, ecological representation and protection of habitats and endangered species. Furthermore, the Guideline’s title, privately protected area rather than private protected area, further emphasizes that these spaces offer numerous public benefits despite being private.

As Dr. Kathy Mackinnon, Chair of IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas, and Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel, President of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation of Germany, mention in the Guideline’s forward, “as countries enhance their efforts to meet the Aichi Targets and consider the post-2020 agenda and obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity, it is clear that the establishment and recognition of PPAs offers great opportunities for engaging more stakeholders in conservation efforts and expanding the conservation estate.”

This guide, that provides fundamental guidelines for privately protected areas (PPAs), was published in English in 2018 and written by Brent A. Mitchell, Sue Stolton, Juan Bezaury-Creel, Heather C. Bingham, Tracey L. Cumming, Nigel Dudley, James A. Fitzsimons, Delphine Malleret-King, Kent H. Redford, and Pedro Solano, all part of the Specialist Group on Privately Protected areas and Nature Stewardship. As Brent Mitchell explains, the creation of this volume began when, “in 2016 the government and NGO members of IUCN voted a mandate to the organization to support privately protected areas. The instructions included developing guidance for practitioners, governments and others. After two years, and more than a thousand contributions from the field, these guidelines are the result. We are greatly thankful to Fundación Mar Adentro for bringing this publication to a wider audience through its faithful translation”.

This year, Maya Errázuriz of Fundación Mar Adentro (Chile) coordinated the translation of the guide, in which 9 experts from 4 Latin American countries participated, who had the mission of translating the contents and the various legal concepts so that they were universally accepted throughout Latin America.

Criteria for establishing a PPA, its management, description of incentives, successful experiences and how to guarantee the permanence of privately protected areas in the long-term are some of the issues raised in this guide, which will be of great relevance for Spanish-speaking conservation agents. As the translation coordinator Maya Errázuriz mentions: “This guide is a contribution to strengthen the role of privately protected areas; deliver better tools for current actors; encourage greater collaboration between private and public initiatives; and learn from best practices and experiences of various countries worldwide”.

To access the guide visit the IUCN digital library here: where you can download its PDF version.