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.