SERNANP and International Conservation Corps Working to Strengthen Management of National Parks and Protected Areas in Peru

January 08, 2019
SERNANP and International Conservation Corps Working to Strengthen Management of National Parks and Protected Areas in Peru

From December 4th-8th, 2018, The ICCF Group’s International Conservation Corps carried out a week-long mission to provide technical support to the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) in Peru, establishing a 2019 working plan aimed at strengthening the management of the country’s National Parks and protected areas.

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Douglas Morris, Barbara Goodman, Terrence Moore, Ellis Richard, María Burks, and Kathy Chopi comprised the International Conservation Corps team on the ground. Through several working sessions, they identified some of the challenges and opportunities on matters relating to the conservation and protection of natural resources, including the development of tourism in protected areas, the designing and implementing of management plans, and the existing strategies toward financial sustainability.

From initial assessments and by visiting the Peruvian park Paracas, they established a set of priorities: To design an interpretation and educational program to benefit the visitor’s experience and their understanding of Peru’s natural wealth; to provide technical support that would strengthen the country’s strategic planning for protected areas; and to assist the government in pursuing financial sustainability for national parks, through the development of commercial services that would go hand in hand with the engagement of local communities.

Three protected areas were selected for a pilot project in 2019. Missions on the ground will be directly tied to the above-mentioned priorities, and the International Conservation Corps team will provide SERNANP with result-driven solutions that strengthen the management of Peru’s natural wealth.

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