Name of Event The 2015 Annual Meeting of International Alliance of Protected Areas Duration and Venue Duration: October 10th -15th Venue: Muyu town, Shennongjia Forestry District, Hubei China Theme Opening and Cooperation – The Road to Conservation Organizer Hosting organizer The IAPA Preparatory Committee People’s Government of Shennongjia Forestry District Sponsor organizer Jilin Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve Hubei Shennongjia National Nature Reserve Participants IAPA Preparatory Committee members, delegates from IAPA members and observers Delegates from important international & domestic organizations and professional institutes Delegates from related government agencies Activities The Opening Ceremony of the 2015 IAPA Annual Meeting Experience sharing symposium of IAPA members Discussion of the challenges in protected area management Protected area management training workshop Discussion of the future development of protected areas Field trip in Shennongjia Nature Reserve Itinerary & Activities Date Time Activities Chair October 11th, Sunday The Opening Ceremony of the IAPA 2015 Annual Meeting Wang Daxing 08:30-08:40 08:40-08:50 08:50-09:10 09:10-09:20 Welcome speech – Li Faping, District Mayor of Shennongjia Forestry District Speech – Xie Zhongyan，Director General of Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve Management Bureau/Director，Changbai Mountain Protection
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.