Financial Sustainability for National Systems of Protected Areas
About: ICEM led in the Thailand component of a UNDP/GEF initiative to develop a full-scale, multi-country, project on protected area financing. Birdlife International lead the Vietnam component in this project. This phase involved the ICEM and Birdlife teams in design, facilitation, consultation and capacity building.
The project took an integrated approach, linking “bottom up” site-based interventions ( such as improved PA financial planning which entails aligning conservation goals and spending priorities, defining cost-effective management approaches, identifying the overall costs associated with revised management plans, and generating new fundin)g – with “top down” national policy level work.
Development of site-based financing strategies was complimented by the identification and modification of legal and regulatory constraints at the national level. The project worked with a broad array of government agencies and private sector partners whose decisions influence the finances of protected areas.
The project goal was to ensure that the foundations, structures and processes were put in place to achieve the financial sustainability of national systems of protected areas in up to six countries; and increase the likelihood to achieve financial sustainability in additional protected area systems.
ICEM conducted the following activities as part of this project:
- Managed the Thailand component of the global project
- Facilitated and coordinated the communications and consultation plan involving national and provincial governments and a series of national workshops
- Designed and conducted a program of field visits and involvement of protected areas staff
- Convened and managed the national technical advisory group
- Prepared and finalized the national program document.