Projects in Central America
World Commission on Protected Areas in Central America (WCPA-CA)
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1999
Volume 1, No. 3


Its priority in recent years has been to support the development of the regional strategic program for the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (MBC), which has become the best instrument for supporting the expansion and solidification of the Central American System of Protected Areas (SICAP), and the best means for linking the multiple conservation initiatives in the region, country by country. The MBC is now the agenda with greatest political backing to promote land use planning and regional bio-management, and biodiversity conservation within protected areas, on the one hand, and on the other, sustainable use of biodiversity in the areas of interconnection between them.

WCPA has been working to identify gaps in ecosystem representation in protected areas and at the regional level, as well as exploring the possibility of creating Conservation Units in each country to facilitate government efforts to administer the areas, while simultaneously promoting greater involvement in their management by local governments, producer organizations and indigenous peoples.

Thanks to the commission's efforts the Agenda of the Mesoamerican Corridor has incorporated wetlands of regional and international importance as a central theme of action, as well as regional coastal zones, especially those located in border areas between two or three countries.

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