The GEF funded project PARCC (‘Protected Areas Resilient to Climate Change’) West Africa aims to address the impacts of climate change on protected areas. This full-sized project will run until 2015 and involves five countries in West Africa (Togo, Mali, Chad, Sierra Leone and The Gambia), and UNEP-WCMC is the executing agency. The project now has a new website, which includes a data portal.
The main objective of the project is to help countries design protected area systems resilient to the effects of climate change by:
• Providing the tools for assessing the vulnerability of PAs to climate change
• Helping design strategies to strengthen the resilience of PAs
• Building capacity in the region for using the tools and implement the strategies
The science-based tools, currently being developed, will be designed in a way to ensure that they are relevant at both the national and regional scale, and will contribute to improving the management of protected areas in the region, especially in response to climate change. Transboundary initiatives and/or the design of wildlife corridors will also be important in implementing adaptive measures to minimise risks to protected areas, and will be implemented later in the project at two pilot sites.
To be successful, the project heavily relies on a strong partnership of stakeholders to make best use of the wide range of expertise. Key partners include the following: the national governments of the five countries, IUCN Protected Areas Programme for West and Central Africa (PAPACO), the regional management unit of the project, as well as several technical partners including the Met Office Hadley Centre, Birdlife International, Durham University, IUCN Global Species Programme, and DICE University of Kent.
The project now has a new website, which includes a data portal (which will later also incorporate an online mapping tool). The website contains a wealth of information on the project and also allows access to the data portal. On the portal, two types of document can be found: project documents which have been produced within the framework of the PARCC project, as well as external references relevant to the topics of the project.
The new PARCC website, available in English and French, can be found at www.parcc-web.org
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