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Agenda and highlighted interactions for the Day of Protected and Conserved Areas in the region

We invite you to join the hybrid event from Honduras, on Tuesday, October 17, Day of Protected and Conserved Areas for all of Latin America and the Caribbean.

This diverse and free day brings us together with innovative interaction proposals.

Here we share our robust agenda, which includes discussions on challenges for achieving 30% of protected land, inclusion in protected and conserved areas, ecotourism, effective conservation measures, financial sustainability, management effectiveness, a rights-based approach to conservation, and perspectives from young leaders, indigenous communities, park rangers, and more!

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Did you know that on October 17 we celebrate the Protected and Conserved Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean? These areas are very important for the conservation of life, nature and people.

In 2019, at the conclusion of theIII Congress of Protected and Conserved Areas LAC the "Celebration" was created based on the Declaration of the Day of Protected and Conserved Areas LAC to enhance this date and raise awareness about our areas, regional work, and the people involved. In 2023, we will hold our fourth edition with a unique hybrid broadcast from Honduras.

You can register for free for the October 17 Event - LAC Protected and Conserved Areas Day and receive more information and integration opportunities, HERE

The broadcast is open, and we look forward to having you and your associates join us from 8 AM in Honduras - Mexico / 11 AM in Argentina - Brazil to 2 PM in Honduras - Mexico / 5 PM in Argentina - Brazil ACCESS

You can also showcase your project/action that you carry out in the region, which we affectionately call CELEBRATIONS, HERE

Explore the FULL AGENDA of this unique collaborative event in the region.



8.00 to 8.30 am Honduras - Mexico / 11 to 11.30 am Argentina, Brazil

Opening led by the organizing team from Honduras, with the honorable presence of environmental authorities from the Government of Honduras. Broadcasting from Lake Yojoa for the entire region.

SESSION The Importance of Protected and Conserved Areas in Terrestrial and Coastal Marine Ecosystems and a Rights-Based Approach to Conservation

8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Honduras - Mexico

11.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Argentina- Brazil


  • Alejandra Reyes Pereira - Director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Department of the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF).

  • Adalberto Padilla - Country Representative for Honduras of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

  • Allan Valverde - Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Development at the University for International Cooperation and Vice President of the IUCN Protected Areas Commission.

📍Protected and conserved areas in terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems play a crucial role in biodiversity conservation and must be managed with a rights-based approach that respects local communities, promotes equity, justice, and recognizes the importance of the services they provide to humanity.

🟡Let's engage in dialogue with #USAID #UICN #CONECTA+ #GEF #UNDP #SERNA #ICF #SINAPH from #HONDURAS

✅ Promote equitable and just management of #ProtectedAndConservedAreas for our well-being.

SESSION Other Efficient Conservation Measures in Central America for 30% of the planet protected

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Honduras - Mexico

12.00 to 12.30 pm Argentina - Brazil


  • Melinka Nájera - Coordinator of the Biodiversity Program: Linking the Central American Landscape

  • José Courrau - IUCN-ORMACC Thematic Expert and Green List Program Liaison

Join the challenge of reflecting on and defining how to effectively protect areas that conserve biodiversity and its ecosystem services, but have another primary purpose. They are beyond what we know as protected areas and are called OMEC. These valuable territories and their stakeholders can help us achieve the goal of 30% of the planet protected for the well-being of all humanity. Don't miss this session! with #IUCN #SERNA and #LinkingTheCentralAmericanLandscape


9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Honduras - Mexico

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Argentina - Brazil Greetings, invitations and testimonies from park rangers, regional references, recognitions.

SESSIONCelebrating Green List EAGLs: experts in assessment, promotion and influence for protected and conserved areas

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Honduras - Mexico

1 pm to 1:30 pm Argentina - Brazil

Protagonists: IUCN SUR and special guests from IUCN

  • Thierry Lefebvre - With over 20 years of experience working in the management and governance of Protected Areas in Europe, Africa and South America, Thierry joined the Global Protected Areas Program in 2020 to support the implementation and ongoing strategic development of the IUCN Green List.

  • Gabriel Quijandría - Experienced professional in environmental and natural resources management, with 20 years of work in Latin America. IUCN South America regional director.

  • Zornitza Aguilar - Senior Protected and Conserved Areas Officer for IUCN South America, and is in charge of the Green List project portfolio and the One Health Approach in the region.

  • José COURRAU - IUCN-ORMACC Thematic Expert and Green List Program Liaison.

The IUCN Green List assists governments - and other actors involved - in meeting national and global goals that aim to strengthen the care of nature and the ecosystem services that Protected and Conserved Areas provide us.

Come, meet the Green List EAGLs in our region.

Experts who raise the conservation standards of protected areas and influence the continuous improvement of management strategies.

SESSION:Green List, path to effective conservation and contribution to 30% of the planet protected

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Honduras - Mexico

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm Argentina - Brazil

Protagonists: IUCN ORMACC

  • Alejandra Reyes Pereira - Director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife department of the Forest Conservation Institute (ICF).

  • Candy Alvarado - Director of the Association of Co-Managers of Protected Areas of Honduras (MOCAPH). Coordinator Group of Experts in Evaluation of the Green List (EAGL) Honduras.

  • Marco Antonio Carias Mejia - Coordinator of the CONECTA+ project through the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

  • José Courrau – IUCN-ORMACC Thematic Expert and Green List Program Liaison.

  • Eng. Adalberto Padilla - IUCN Country Representative-Honduras.

During the event on October 17, Day of Protected and Conserved Areas for our region, we will have the opportunity to discuss protected areas that meet specific management and conservation criteria and standards, thanks to the global standard of 🟢 Green List of the #IUCN 🟢

Let us promote the adoption of best conservation practices together with local communities, for 30% of the planet protected for the well-being of humanity.


SESSION: Local knowledge for effective management of protected areas in the Caribbean

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Honduras - Mexico

2pm to 2.30pm Argentina - Brazil

Protagonists: IUCN ORMACC

  • Augustine Dominique - Conservation Manager, Saint Lucia National Trust.

  • Amanda Rosalia Acosta - Executive Director at the Belize Audubon Society Regional expert assessment group (EAGL) for green list.

  • Ronald Cademus - Deputy Director, FoProBiM, Haiti

Supporting the work of local actors and the development of comprehensive participation strategies are success factors for conservation initiatives and strengthening of protected and conserved areas in the Caribbean. Get to know them next October 17, Day of Protected and Conserved Areas for all of Latin America and the Caribbean! Join the free session via QR code With the support of the European Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States through the BIOPAMA Programme.



SESSION: Youth: innovating for the effective conservation of protected and conserved areas in LAC

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Honduras - Mexico

2.30pm to 3pm Argentina - Brazil

This session challenges us from the perspective of the young leaders of the region to reflect onHow can we innovate and collaborate, in the face of global challenges? What are the main challenges for the coming years and how can we overcome these barriers?

YOUTH PRESENT AT THE CELEBRATION😎 The session "Youth: innovating for the effective conservation of protected and conserved areas in LAC" will have references such as Iberomab Youth Network, Young Professionals, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Rellac Youth, Youth Management Commission of IUCN Ecosystems🔥

  • PAMELLA NOGUEIRA facilitation. Responsible for Ambassadors and Alliances of the APyCs LAC Celebration. Socio-environmental consultant. Root! Environmental Scientist by training and Master in Management of Protected Areas in the Amazon.

  • JADDIRA FLORES, facilitation. Responsible for Technological Support and Administrative Support of The Celebration. Environmental Engineer, developing Environmental Management projects, forging Environmental Education with reference to Ecosystem Conservation.

  • PANELIST 1 - Iberomab Youth Network - Gabriela Gehlen Leite. Biologist, environmental manager and agroecology technician.

  • PANELIST 2 - CMAP and Rellac Young Professionals - Pineda Torres, Sara Magdalena.

  • PANELIST 3 - Ecosystem Management Commission - Moises Oswaldo Flores Armillas - Manager of Nature-based Solutions at Pronatura México and Co-President of the Ecosystem Management Commission for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

SESSION:Financial security for the effective management of Protected Areas - Permanence Financing Project (PFP)

12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Honduras - Mexico

3pm to 3.30pm Argentina - Brazil

Protagonists: WWF LAC

Maria José Villanueva - Director of Conservation at WWF Mexico. Biology, genetics and conservation of marine mammals, natural resources, conservation

of species, sustainable development and protected natural areas.

Let's talk about new approaches to perpetual financing of protected areas. We are waiting for you with WWF, on October 17, Protected and Conserved Areas Day, in the live broadcast from Honduras for the entire region. The PFP, or Project Financing for Permanence, approach is having a major impact on the way countries are realizing their vision of conserving their natural capital. Let us address the challenge of guaranteeing stable and adequate financial resources, necessary to ensure the effective and efficient management of conservation area systems in the long term.


SESSION:The importance of Ecotourism for the conservation of 30% of the planet's socio-biodiversity

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Honduras - Mexico

3.30pm to 4pm Argentina - Brazil

Protagonists: Ambassador companies and ventures

  • FACILITATION - Juan Carlos Teo Pacheco - Chile Protected Areas Foundation. Promoter of the Declaration of the Day of Protected and Conserved Areas LAC.

  • Victory Charge - Msc. in Teacher Training and Perfection- Specialty in Learning Difficulties in the Field of Education- Leader of Health and Ancestral Wisdom of the Kichwa Kayambi People Ecuador.

  • Alejandro Sánchez - Founder of Delta Eco, where we give value to biodiversity. Veterinary doctor, I am a specialist in environmental law and a master's degree in biodiversity conservation.

Let's discuss responsible and sustainable tourism practices that foster connection with nature, supporting the development of local communities and the conservation of the socio-biodiversity of our region. The private sector can be a protagonist in the challenge of 30% of the planet protected.


1 to 1:30 p.m. Honduras - Mexico

4pm to 4.30pm Argentina - Brazil

Moment of interaction


1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Honduras - Mexico

16.30 to 17 hh

Claudio Maretti and Ramiro Batzin with their companions.

"Today more than ever, we need inclusion in biodiverse territories for the well-being of our region and the planet." Accompany the exchange on collaborative conservation to make Protected and Conserved Areas more inclusive. Let's also discuss how indigenous peoples view international definitions of protected areas in relation to their territories.


2 to 2:30 p.m. Honduras - Mexico

5pm to 5.30pm Argentina - Brazil

Join us to learn about the milestones of the Celebration of Protected and Conserved Areas for Latin America and its people.

Listen to the words of Honduran leaders for the entire region.

Share your wishes andget inspired in collaboration.



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