VCA Guidance

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In 2017 Ecovillage Boekel will execute the following work in order to register Ecovillage Boekel as a VCA by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018: 1. Preparing the more detailed management plan; 2. Stakeholder consultation: process and outcomes; and. 3. Time line for these activities [Published: 2017]
VCA Reports, Europe
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It is my conviction as a trained and experienced ecologist that, in time and if well managed, the local nature and conservation value will greatly increase and offer an inspiring example for other citizen initiatives supporting and working with nature around the globe.  [Published: 2017]
VCA Reports, Europe
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Depending on the availability of funding, the following activities will be undertaken in the first year: 1) Essential practical conservation actions, including vegetation clearing to prevent encroachment of priority habitats 2) Development of scientific research and monitoring activities to increase knowledge and understanding of the impact of climate change on biodiversity and carbon stocks 3) Development of a site management plan 4) Continued activity to achieve recognition of the site as a Regional Nature Reserve. [Published: 2016]
VCA Reports, Recreation and Tourism, Europe
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Toutes ces actions sont particulièrement essentielles au regard de l'importance écologique du site aux niveaux français et européen, et l'expérience reconnue que l'association A Rocha France a acquise  lui  permettra  de  mener  à  bien  les  différentes  actions  avec  les  différents  partenaires concernés.  All these actions are particularly important in view of the ecological importance of the site at the French and European levels, and the recognised experience that the association, A Rocha France, has acquired which will enable it to carry out the various actions with the different partners involved. [Published: 2016]
VCA Reports, Recreation and Tourism, Europe
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As of April 2016, the concession holder, Africa Futura Wildlife Restoration, is expecting to hear back soon from the Government of Mozambique about its zoning proposals for Coutada 5 including the wilderness restoration conservancy. Once there is final approval of the zoning, the management plan will be implemented and investors will be invited to join this exciting African re-rewilding project. [Published: 2016]
VCA Reports, Protected Areas, Recreation and Tourism, Africa
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Although the entire development is still in its infancy, I find the stated objectives and horizon view of the developer to be admirable in bringing economic development to this area of the country and the sub-continent. The mobilization of foreign direct investment for economic development and cross subsidization of a substantial wildlife undertaking is a model designed at creating a community that is economically independent and the subsequent socio economic upliftment a guarantee of conservation of wildlife. [Published: 2015]
VCA Reports, Protected Areas, Recreation and Tourism, Africa
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The overarching goal of this management plan is to develop and utilise the Cinco Grandes wilderness area in a manner such that the seriously depleted biodiversity resources are restored and conserved over time. This ambitious plan will take place with an overall zoning policy so that large-scale wildlife reintroduction can occur in harmony with continued economic development in other parts of the Coutada.

This management plan describes the area, the current status of biodiversity, and the threats and opportunities it faces. It then sets out the following set of 12 conservation actions which are to be implemented through a three-year rolling work plan. The impacts of these actions will be monitored and reported on in annual audited conservation performance reports. [Published: 2015]
VCA Reports, Protected Areas, Recreation and Tourism, Africa
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The mission for Coutada 5 is as follows:  “To plan, develop, manage and utilise Coutada 5 in such a manner that the seriously depleted biodiversity resources will be rehabilitated over time, and in line with relevant Mozambican laws and policies, thus allowing sustained consumptive and non-consumptive use of these resources, whilst at the same time pursuing sustainable agricultural developments on certain sections of the Coutada, and simultaneously acknowledging the need to involve the local communities in a positive, meaningful and mutually beneficial manner.”

The diversity of the project objectives is a reflection of the complexity of what needs to be done and of the magnitude of the venture. A total of five biodiversity-based conservation objectives, four sustainable use objectives, one each of tourism and social objectives, four fiscal and administrative objectives and two collaboration objectives were identified. These objectives are directly based on the corresponding national objectives for Mozambique, and will strive to achieve the mission that has been identified for the project.  [Published: 2014]
VCA Reports, Protected Areas, Recreation and Tourism, Africa
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I am therefore of the opinion that the rehabilitation and development of Coutada 5 is feasible, and that the area will be developed according to established scientific principles and guidelines.  The people involved dispose of the necessary means and resources, and also dedication, expertise and experience, to make it happen!  [Published: 2014]
VCA Reports, Protected Areas, Recreation and Tourism, Africa
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The establishment of the Carpathia Wilderness Reserve at the heart of the Romanian Carpathian Mountains is a unique conservation initiative in Europe. With support of a consortium of private philanthropists organised in the Foundation Conservation Carpathia (FCC), around 20,000 ha of forests and alpine grasslands have been purchased since 2009.

The ultimate aim is secure 50,000 ha of mainly forests and integrating this area into the larger protected areas landscape of Romania.

In parallel to purchasing land, FCC has started the restoration of degraded forestland and mountain streams and acquired hunting concessions to enable wildlife comeback.  [Published: 2017]
VCA Reports, Protected Areas, Europe
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