IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) is the world's leading global network of protected area specialists. WCPA's international mission is to promote the establishment and effective management of a world-wide representative network of terrestrial and marine protected areas, as an integral contribution to the IUCN mission.
The organization has the following objectives:
a. to help governments and others plan protected areas and integrate them into all sectors, through provision of strategic advice to policy makers;
b. to strengthen capacity and effectiveness of protected areas managers, through provision of guidance, tools and information and a vehicle for networking;
c. to increase investment in protected areas, by persuading public and corporate donors of their value; and
d. to enhance WCPA's capacity to implement its programme, including through co-operation with IUCN members and partners.
1. IUCN CEESP/WCPA Theme on Indigenous and Local Communities, Equity, and Protected Areas: TILCEPA seeks the full and effective recognition of the rights and responsibilities of local communities in the development and implementation of conservation policies and strategies that affect the lands, waters and other natural and cultural resources that they relate to. It advocates, in all countries, the recognition of community conserved and managed areas that are significant from a biodiversity point of view, and the development of management partnerships with the communities resident in or surrounding official Protected Areas.