Governance is about “who makes decisions” and “how decisions are made”. We speak of sound governance when decisions are taken legitimately, fairly, with a sense of vision, accountability and while respecting rights. Another dimension of governance is diversity. A diverse protected area system encompasses a range of governance types such as shared governance, governance by Indigenous People and local communities, by private entities, and by national and regional governments. This stream will focus on consolidating and taking to new heights the commitments made at the previous IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban in 2003 and by the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Stream Lead Organisation

  • Deutsche Gessellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (the German International Development Agency, GIZ)
  • ICCA Consortium
  • IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP)
  • Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme

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Stream Sponsors

IUCN WCPA Parks Australia NSW NPWS