The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has developed concise learning modules for each goal of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas. These modules are like short courses which take approximately an hour each, providing an overview of key terms, concepts, resources and approaches.
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Module 1: Protected area network design
This module covers aspects related to the design of a national protected area network (PoWPA Goal 1.1), including instructions on how to conduct an ecological gap assessment.
Module 2: Protected area integration
This module covers aspects related to integrating protected areas into the wider landscape, seascape and strategies (PoWPA Goal 1.2), including the development of conservation corridors, and mainstreaming protected areas into other sectors.
Module 3: Transboundary protected areas and regional networks
This module covers aspects related to transboundary protected areas and regional networks (PoWPA Goal 1.3), including the establishment, planning, management and assessment of transboundary areas.
Module 4: Management planning
This module covers aspects related to management planning (PoWPA Goal 1.4), including instructions on how to integrate climate change adaptation into management plans.
Module 5: Protected area threats
This module covers aspects related to protected area threats (PoWPA Goal 1.5), including the prevention and mitigation of invasive species, and conducting threat assessments.
Module 6: Protected area governance, equity and benefit sharing
This module covers aspects related to governance, equity and benefit sharing (PoWPA Goal 2.1), including best practices for promoting innovative forms of governance.
Module 7: Protected area participation
This module covers aspects related to protected area participation (PoWPA Goal 2.2), including participation of indigenous and local communities.
Module 8: Protected area policy environment
This module covers aspects related to the protected area policy environment (PoWPA Goal 3.1), including protected area policies, incentives, and legal frameworks.
Module 10: Appropriate technology
This module covers aspects related to appropriate technology (PoWPA Goal 3.3), including the use of GIS and remote sensing.
Module 11: Sustainable finance
This module covers aspects related to sustainable finance (PoWPA Goal 3.4), including business planning, assessing finance needs, and developing a sustainable finance plan.
Module 12: Education and awareness
This module covers aspects related to education and awareness (PoWPA Goal 3.5), including how to design an effective awareness campaign.
Module 15: Monitoring
This module covers aspects related to monitoring (PoWPA Goal 4.3), including how to monitor biodiversity status and strategy effectiveness.
Module 17: Climate Change
This module provides recommendations and guidelines for incorporating climate change aspects into protected area design and management, and highlights the role that protected areas can play in climate mitigation and adaptation.
Module 18: Marine Protected Areas
This module shows how the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas applies in a marine environment, and enables protected area planners to increase marine protection, improve the marine protected area network, and reduce threats to the marine environment.
Module 19: Implementation
This module covers aspects related to PoWPA implementation, including forming a multi-stakeholder advisory committee, and developing a strategic master plan.