Parks in Peril Statistics:
Program impacts in more than 18 countries
On-the-ground activities in 45 protected areas
Effective conservation of 44.8 million acres
Continuous learning over 17 years
More than 200 partner organizations
More than 500 documents produced
The nations of Latin America and the Caribbean have taken actions to safeguard critical watersheds, coastal and marine ecosystems, wildlife, and scenic attractions by establishing protected area systems. However, such areas largely remain "paper parks" - legally decreed but not actually protected due to the limited resources of the regions' governments.
From Peril to Progress, a Parks in Peril article appearing in The Nature Conservancy's magazine in Fall of 2000.
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When PiP began in 1990, rainforests covered 6 percent of the Earth's surface and harbored more than half of its species, but were being reduced by areas larger than a football field every second.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), together with partner organizations across the Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) and United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID), designed the Parks in Peril (PiP) Program to ensure the minimum critical management of these areas. The program was an emergency effort to protect the most important and imperiled natural areas in the hemisphere by working to build the capacity of independent, self-sustaining conservation organizations.
With USAID support, TNC and its partner organizations have and continue to foster the conversion of 45 of the LAC region's most biologically important areas from paper parks into fully functional protected areas.
Photo: A freshwater spring in Cuatro Ciénegas, a Mexican PiP site © Colleen Marzec/TNC