Launch of the collaborative management partnership toolkit for protected areas

Hosted by the Global Wildlife Program, this virtual event will launch the new Collaborative Management Partnership (CMP) Toolkit, which describes public-private partnership (PPP) models for the management of protected areas. Successful CMPs in Africa have supported biodiversity and wildlife conservation, contributed to inclusive development and attracted private investment, including for nature-based tourism.

Despite the recognition of the value of biodiversity and the role that protected areas play in securing global natural capital and ecosystem services, a huge funding gap exists for management. This funding gap and other factors have led to the underperformance of many protected areas, jeopardizing species, ecosystems and inclusive development.

To address these challenges, 40 Collaborative Management Partnerships (CMPs) – a type of public-private partnership for the management of protected areas – have been established by 15 governments in Africa. A comprehensive review of these CMPs and their role in wildlife conservation and catalyzing rural development is presented in the Global Wildlife Program’s new report titled Collaborative management partnership toolkit. The toolkit serves as a reference guide for governments and implementing partners considering CMPs, and raises awareness of CMP experiences in Africa to highlight lessons learned.

The launch event will include a presentation of the toolkit followed by a roundtable gathering representatives from government, private sector and NGO partners to discuss the role of CMPs in promoting conservation and development.

This virtual event is part of a series of webinars organized by the Global Wildlife Program, a program funded by the Global Environment Facility aimed at combating the illegal wildlife trade and promoting wildlife-based economies.

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