A protected area is a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. Such areas become Privately Protected Areas (PPAs) when the protected area is under private governance. The type of private owners for PPAs varies: charitable trusts supported by the public; for-profit companies managing nature-based tourism operations; NGOs; companies that own and manage important wildlife refuges; religious institutions; or individuals.
PPAs come in all shapes and sizes, from very small reserves conserving a specific tree to large areas such as savannahs of Africa supporting iconic species like lion, elephant and rhinoceros. Many PPAs are only ‘private’ in terms of their legal ownership, and are actually open to the public as a general resource; others are kept strictly for conservation and research (IUCN 2014).
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to understand what a PPA is, how it leverages private sector investment into biodiversity conservation, in which contexts it can be implemented, and how to build a successful model of PPA.
The webinar will include three phases:
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