Australia has a long history of natural resource and cultural heritage management and a wide and increasingly integrated land and marine protected areas system. It has a proven record of innovative and adaptive approaches to conservation management, and continues to show strong leadership from practitioners, academics and researchers in this field.
The initiative for a Protected Areas Learning and Research Collaboration originated in the island state of Tasmania which is endowed with one of the best protected area systems in the world, with over 600 national parks and reserves, three World Heritage Areas, and covering almost 40% of the state’s land area. The University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service joined with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas, Murdoch University, Charles Darwin University and James Cook University, Parks Australia, and Parks Victoria to form an alliance to guide the development of this initiative and draw on the specialised strengths and capacities of partner universities, conservation organisations and protected area managers located across the Region.
A Memorandum of Understanding led by the University of Tasmania with Murdoch University, Charles Darwin University and James Cook University has initiated the collaboration’s development and the creation of course content.
We acknowledge the financial support of the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian Land Conservancy and donors, and the founding partners at the Universities of Tasmania, Charles Darwin, Murdoch and James Cook.
We thank all our committee members and our supporting partners:
- NGO partners including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature through the World Commission on Protected Areas, AC IUCN
- Global and government partners including the Australian Government (through Parks Australia) and Parks Tasmania
- Regional and Indigenous partners including the Secretariat of the Pacific Region Environment Program (SPREP)
- University of the South Pacific
- BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management)
- Wildlife Institute of India
- Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute
We invite your endorsement or suggestions of endorsement of other entities that can be added to the above list by emailing Doug Humann with authority to add entity names.