Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve is located in Jilin province, northeastern of China. The reserve was established in 1960, involved in the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve Network in 1980, assessed as “Grade A Protected Area of Global Importance” in 1992 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and ranked as one of the most important monitoring mountainous area by MAB and other ten international organizations in 2003. Changbai Mountain is the source of the three big rivers in Northeast China, namely the Songhua, Tumen and Yalu rivers. The mountain has one of the highest species richness and best conserved biodiversity areas on the same latitude. It represents the most typical natural complex of the northern half of the Eurasian Continent. The earth is shared by all life, strengthening the construction of ecological civilization and protecting biodiversity are the common responsibilities and obligations for mankind. In order to further strengthen the protection of biodiversity in Changbai Mountain and to build a beautiful China, the Changbai Mountain International Eco-Festival will be held from 28th June to 2nd July 2013 in Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve. The theme of this eco-festival is “Conserving A Variety of Species, Promoting Ecological Civilization”.
International Alliance of Protected Areas (IAPA) was proposed and established by Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve in 2013. By July 2017, there are 61 PA members joined in IAPA.
GOAL OF IAPA: The IAPA unites all kinds of protected areas (PA) in the world to promote more effective management and conservation. The IAPA will promote coordination, collaboration and cooperation among PAs at national, regional and international levels, via closely working with existing organizations endeavored to PA conservation. The IAPA will strive to attain a rational and ethically balanced relationship between humanity and nature.
The members of IAPA shall be only organizational members of protected areas in the world. Any other international, regional, national, local, professional organizations involved in the field of PA management and conservation can join in as observers.
Annual IAPA member’s meeting shall be held at least once a year together with training and workshops. The meeting will be held by Changbai Mountain Nature Reserve in every even-numbered year and by other IAPA member protected areas every odd-numbered year.