precious resource is disappearing from the Earth even faster
than glaciers and polar ice?
Wilderness and other lands
that serve as protected habitats and migration corridors
for plant and animal species around the world. As these
"sky islands" or "life rafts" for species
and processes shrink from the pressures of human development,
agriculture or resource extraction they become increasingly
unable to support their valuable ecosystems.
What can we do
to reverse this destructive trend?
Understand and support Mountain
protect, and reconnect existing protected areas (parks, preserves,
wilderness, wild lands, etc.) to remaining or reclaimed fragments
of these ecosystems to establish larger protected zones and "conservation
nationally, and internationally. Doing so will ensure long-term
viability for their plant, animal, and
human species and a better chance for survival as we face
an uncertain future threatened by global climate changes.
a rapidly growing number of plant and animal species are threatened
with extinction because of fragmentation and destruction of their
Now it is becoming crucially important
to conserve and re-create physical connections and protected
corridors in landscapes around the world. These protected areas
will give animals, plants, and Earth's ecological processes
the ability escape extinction and destruction by allowing them
to migrate successfully from one area to another.
Therefore the concept and practice
of Connectivity Conservation has become an
important part of environmental protection planning worldwide.
But the task of establishing,
preserving, and protecting these type of connectivity in today's
rapidly developing world is a huge and growing challenge. That
is why our global group of mountain experts, the IUCN-WCPA
Mountains Biome Network, has put together a high-level workshop
devoted specifically to the development and promotion of Mountain
Connectivity Conservation Management.
occurs November 12-14, 2006 in a village high in the Andes
mountains of Ecuador, called Termas de Papallacta, renowned
for its geothermal hot springs (termas). We have invited
experts from around to the world to come together at this workshop
to share their knowledge and experiences in this subject, and
produce tangible outputs to increase the world's understanding
of Mountain Connectivity Conservation
Management in Protected Areas (parks, reserves,
refuges, wilderness areas, etc.).
One of the outputs is the development
of this web site, which will serve as an informational portal
to provide new information and ideas on how to manage Connectivity
Conservation in the mountain areas of the world.
Another important tangible output
from the workshop will be publication of a new
book on mountain conservation connectivity management.
Our new book on the subject of
Mountain Connectivity Conservation Management in Protected
Areas will includes case studies from around the world providing
examples, best practices, and information that will be of use
to conservationists and protected area managers.
It will contain case
studies drawn from research and implementation of best practices
on this subject. This book will provide people around the
world with updated and important knowledge plus proven examples
of ways to successfully reconnect fragmented ecosystems in
their regions and countries. It will arm them with updated
information and ideas for crafting a vision for species survival
as they enter a future clouded by the looming challenges of
global climate change.