• Ecosystem Health Index John MacKinnon (2012)

      Definition: Ecosystem Health is taken to be the suitability of a site to continue to provide secure conditions for survival of component species and delivery of key ecological services, including resilience to climate and other changes. Objective: EHI is a not an evaluation. It is a dynamic, constantly varying index that reflects biodiversity health, just as a financial index reflects economic performance. EHI provides a baseline against which targets for maintaining or achieving a given level of health can be set EHI can be used as a results based indicator of project achievement and impacts EHI can indicate where the project is succeeding or failing and allow revision of activity efforts throughout the project EHI is complimentary to the Management Effectiveness scorecard in project M & E.   Introduction: Ecosystem health is reflected in the ability of a site to maintain its biodiversity values and ecological functions. These will vary significantly from site to site. Any index should include three components: 1) score of habitat suitability for important biodiversity; 2) status of important biodiversity and 3) the broader environmental context. The score does not necessarily indicate stability. Many wetland sites are very dynamic but what we are interested in

  • Panchase Protected Forest

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA We will prepare a poster for each PA, please also provide 3-5 high resolution photos (with illustration) of your PA before 31 July. (maximum word count 500 words) Panchase Protected Forest (PPF) is a national forest, designated as a ‘protected forest’ under Forest Act 1993 of Nepal in 2011, and is managed and controlled by the Government of Nepal. The PPF covers an area of 5,775.73 ha and lies in mid mountain region of Nepal. PPF is rich in biodiversity and has high biodiversity value. Various studies suggested that PPF is the home of 5 species of rhododendron, 107 species of medicinal plants, 8 species of fiber yielding plants, 24 species of natural dye yielding plants, 18 species of floriculture, 56 wild fungi species, 98 ferns (Including tree fern) and 107 species of orchids along with 2 endemic species. Four types of forest are predominant in PPF, they are Upper Mixed Hardwood including Gurans-Rakchan (Rhododendron-Daphniphyllum) forest, Chir Pine (Pinus roxburghii) forest, Katus-Chilaune (Schima-Castanopsis) forest, and Hill Sal (Shorea robusta) forest. Similarly, 29 faunal species are reported in Panchase area. Among them 15 species are mammals. Common leopard (Panthera pardus) is the biggest

  • Khun Khan National Park

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA We will prepare a poster for each PA, please also provide 3-5 high resolution photos (with illustration) of your PA before 31 July. (maximum word count 500 words)   Khun Khan National Park is located in Samoeng district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand cover an area of the Samoeng National Reserved Forest and the Mae Jam Reserved Forest. The results of the area survey were the natural forest with people’s are excluded. Thus, National park boundaries have been set up to prepare for the establishment. It was declared as a national park on May 18, 2012 and be the 126th national park of Thailand with an area of 207.93 square kilometers. The landscape of the national park is mostly mountainous with height range of 500 -1,708 meters from mean sea level. The highest peak is Doi Pung Kia at 1,708 meters from mean sea level. A forest in the national park is the main source of the Mae Khan River and the Mae Chaem River flows into the Ping River which be an important water source to Chiang Mai city. There are five forest types in the national park; 1) hill evergreen forest

  • National Trust for Nature Conservatio

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA (maximum word count 500 words) The Government of Nepal, through a Nepal Gazette notice dated July 19, 2010 (Section 60, Number 14, Part 5, 2067/04/03 B.S.), has entrusted the management responsibility of Gaurishankar Conservation Area to the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) for 20 years. Gaurishankar Conservation Area was declared by the Government of Nepal, through a Nepal Gazette notice on January 11, 2010 (Section 59, Number 38, Part 5, 2066/09/27 B.S.). Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) is the third Conservation Area entrusted by the Government of Nepal to NTNC for management. Annapurna Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area are already under NTNC management. GCA covers an area of 2,179 square kilometers and encompasses 22 Village Development Committees of 3 districts (Alampu, Bigu, Bulung, Chankhu, Chilankha, Gaurishankar, Kalinchok, Khare, Laduk, Lamabagar, Marbu, Orang, Suri and Syama VDCs of Dolakha district; Fulpingkatti, Ghorthali, Gumba, Listikot, Marming and Tatopani VDCs of Sindhupalchok district; Chuchure and Gumdel VDCs of Ramechhap district). 2001 census reveals a population of 56,364 people in 11,582 households. Tamang is the largest ethnic group accounting for 25.84 % of the total population followed by Sherpa with 22.42 %, and Chhetri 18.36 %.

  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA We will prepare a poster for each PA, please also provide 3-5 high resolution photos (with illustration) of your PA before 31 July. (maximum word count 500 words)   Doi Suthep-Pui National Park includes the rich natural resources of plants, wildlife, and spectacular landscapes, as well as cultural resources featuring the interesting lifestyle of the hill tribe people and the Thai Lanna culture.   These special natural and cultural features led to the establishment of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park on April 14, 1981.  The park covers 261.06 km2 in the Mueang, Hang Dong, Mae Rim and Mea Taeng districts of Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Apart from the beautiful natural scenery, other tourist attractions also lay in the Park boundaries, for example “Wat Pra That Doi Suthep,” “Kruba Srivichai Monument”, and “Bhubing Palace.” Doi Suthep – Pui National Park is located only 6 kilometers from Chiang Mai city center, hence it is the most popular place for tourists and travelers all year round. In Art and Cultural aspects, Doi Suthep – Pui National Park is also home to the native Thai and also ethnic groups such as Hmong and Lisu communities:  

  • Mae Sa-Kog Ma Biosphere Reserve

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA We will prepare a poster for each PA, please also provide 3-5 high resolution photos (with illustration) of your PA before 31 July. (maximum word count 500 words) Mae Sa-Kog Ma Biosphere Reserve is a representative of mountainous watershed area and evergreen is outstanding characteristic. Mae Sa – Kog Ma has long been a key area of education and research in the field of watershed management and hydrology as well as was the first pilot site for integrated watershed management in Thailand. The site has been registered from UNESCO – Man and Biosphere Program (MAB) on March 1st, 1977. This is the 2nd in 4 sites of Thailand. It is under the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. It covers sections of three national parks; Doi Suthep – Pui National Park, Op Khan National Park, and Khun Khan National Park, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The biosphere reserve consists of 4 main watershed areas Mae – Sa sub-watershed, Huay Kog Ma sub-watershed, Mae Ta Chang sub-watershed, and Samoeng sub-watershed. There have important roles in watershed and hydrological education and research as well as a watershed management model for Thailand. The new

  • Maramureș Mountains Nature Park

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA We will prepare a poster for each PA, please also provide 3-5 high resolution photos (with illustration) of your PA.   Maramureș Mountains Nature Park is located in the north part of Maramureş County, on an area of 133.418 hectares which includes Borșa, Moisei, Vișeu de Sus, Vișeu de Jos, Leordina, Ruscova, Repedea, Poienile de sub Munte, Valea Vișeului, Petrova and Bistra. The range of the Maramureş Mountains, up to the Romania- Ukraine border, is part of the park. Staring with 2005, they have been declared protected area of national interest. The main reasons for this decision were: the specific landscape where mountains covered in woods interchange with mountain pastures; yet stable ecosystems of wildlife, emblematic of Carpathian Mountains; the existence of widespread natural habitats; a traditional way of life, directly dependent upon natural resources Organization name Maramures Mountains Nature Park Address 22 Decembrie No. 20, Viseu de Sus, Maramures Organization website www.muntiimaramuresului.ro Contact person’s name Bogdan Catalina Contact person’s mailing address 22 Decembrie No. 20, Viseu de Sus, Maramures Contact person’s email catalina.bogdan@muntiimaramuresului.ro Contact person’s telephone 0040728131969 Contact person’s fax 0040262352217 Recommendations to IAPA   The common issues your PA wish

  • Danau Sentarum National Park

      BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF DANAU SENTARUM NATIONAL PARK   Location and Physical Condition Danau Sentarum National Park (DSNP) is the located at E 111° 57’- 112° 20’ and N 0°45’- 01° 02’, Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan Province. DSNP covers a total area of 127.393 ha. Topography of Danau Sentarum National Park is generally a flat-shaped land that is the area of exposure to floods, the slopes of the national park varies considerably from flat, light wavy, steep to very steep. The average height of the national park is ± 137 m above sea level.   Hydrology DSNP is surrounded by hills and highlands that allow this area to be a water catchment area. The region is formed by lakes and swamps, and peatlands. This condition makes DSNP has a hydrological function that is very important for the sustainability of the Kapuas River Basin. During the rainy season, the average water level in the DSNP area is about 6-12 meters, whereas during the dry season (August – September), the lake is completely dry and even in some places there is no water.   Diversity of Flora and Fauna The unique water condition and the annual cycle of rising and falling

  • Betung Kerihun National Park

        BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF BETUNG KERIHUN NATIONAL PARK   Location and Physical Condition Betung Kerihun National Park (BKNP) is the located at E 112° 15′ – 114° 10′ and N 0° 40′ – 1° 35′, Kapuas Hulu District, West Kalimantan Province. BKNP is the largest protected areas in West Kalimantan Province covers a total area of 816,693,40 ha. The topography is mainly hilly and mountainous, with altitudes ranging from 150 to 2000 meters above sea level. The mountainous areas comprise the Kapuas Hulu on the north side near Sarawak (Malysia) and the Muller Mountainous on the eastern side, adjacent to the province of East Kalimantan.   Diversity of Flora and Fauna The Park has a high diversity of ecosystems, there are 8 types of forest ecosystem in the Park. They include lowland Dipterocarp forest, old secondary forest, hill Dipterocarp forest, Limestone forest, Sub Montana forest, and Montana forest. The Park has a rich species diversity of trees, and some are new species. 1,216 species have so far been identified, including 418 genera and 110 families. 75 species are endemic to Borneo and 14 species are newly listed. 13 species of palm are newly listed for western Kalimantan. There are

  • Naturalist’s Club

      A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO YOUR PROTECTED AREA Introduction Naturalist’s Club is a nongovernmental organization which conducts different activities in the field of nature conservation and environmental education. It was established in 1983, officially registered in 1989. The Club is active throughout whole Poland, especially in its western part. The general headquarter is situated in Świebodzin (Lubuskie Voivodeship). The main fields of action are nature conservation and environmental education. To the Club’s activities belong inter alia purchase of grounds with high natural values and establishing “private” nature reserves. Now Club owns or lease over 150 ha of different habitats – xerothermic grasslands, fens, wet meadows and others. Each year we organize many conferences, workshops and courses in nature conservation as well as scientific meetings. We also run Museum of Meadow in Owczary, keep a sheep flock (250 sheep) that are used as living mowers for grazing on grasslands, run agritouristic hostel, nursery of old variety of fruit trees and other.   About the Protected Area The protected area in question is ca 70 ha of xerothermic grassland (protected habitat under EU Natura 2000 network) – 30 ha is Club’s property and 40 ha is lifetime leased by Club from State