International Forest, & Environmental Development

Forêt Internationale, et Développement Environnemental

MFE 208: Effective management of Protected Areas (PA)

Course Details

This course aims to give the learner the tools and techniques for planning and effective management of PAs, with a view to significantly improving their contribution to the conservation of biological diversity and to the improvement of the living conditions of neighboring populations. of PAs. This course will also allow the learner to master the standards of management and evaluation, as well as the mechanisms of sustainable financing of PAs in order to contribute to the mitigation of the thorny problem of the economic and ecological profitability of the conservation of protected areas.

Articulations of this module include :
-National conservation policies (Legislation, Strategies) and issues of the management of protected areas
-Efficient planning and management of protected areas (Tools: Management / development plan, Business Plan, Integrated Market Enforcement Teams (IMET), Annual Budgeted Work Plan (AWPB), etc.)
– Ecology of tropical ecosystems and notions of conservation biology
– Landscape & ecological connectivity approaches and cross-border management
-Participatory approaches (local populations, other stakeholders / national and international partners: Governmental Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations, Research institutes, Private sector …) and management of biodiversity
– Sustainable management of PA natural resources (Management of terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems; Integrated planning of the use of space; Exploitation of plant species with high economic potential; Sustainable exploitation of Non-Wood Forest Products of plant origin, Design, implementation and monitoring of development projects alternative to the overexploitation of natural resources; Partnership negotiation and good governance)
– Promotion of wildlife in and on the outskirts of PAs (Ecotourism, Sport hunting, Village hunting)
– Prevention of zoonoses
– Ecological monitoring, wildlife inventory techniques and concepts of GIS (Software and Tools: Distance sampling, Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), Monitoring Illegal Killing of Endangered Species (MIKES), Monitoring system for the Bushmeat sector in Africa Central (SYVBAC), navigation tools: maps, compass, GPS, etc.)
– Field trips and data processing
-Environmental law and sustainable development in Africa (International conventions, Action plans, Programs …)
-Environmental economics
– Environmental Information and Education (Information Education Communication (IEC), Environmental Education)
– Fundraising, sustainable financial mechanisms and lobbying
– Planning and management of human resources

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