The Performance and Potential of Protected Areas
This talk was recorded on Wed 21 January 2015 at The University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur.
Dr. James Watson
Associate Professor James Watson is head of the Science and Research pillar and also acts as the Climate Change program director at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He is based at the University of Queensland. James completed his doctorate at the Oxford University in 2004. Before joining WCS, he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California (San Diego) and at the University of Queensland, and as a senior campaigner for The Wilderness Society in Australia. He is currently co-chair of the IUCN climate change specialist group, serves on the leadership committees for the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Initiative, a member of the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Data and Knowledge Task Force, and was recently elected the global president-elect of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). His current research is focussed on assessing the impact of landscape change and climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Dr G. Balamurugan is the managing director of ERE Consulting Group, an environmental & natural resources management consultancy based in Malaysia. He has over 25 years of experience in Malaysia, Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia & Bangladesh.
Originally conceived to conserve iconic landscapes and wildlife, protected areas are now expected to achieve an increasingly diverse set of conservation, social and economic objectives. The amount of land and sea designated as formally protected has markedly increased over the past century, but there is still a major shortfall in political commitments to enhance the cover- age and effectiveness of protected areas. Financial support for protected areas is dwarfed by the benefits that they provide, but these returns depend on effective management. A step change involving increased recognition, funding, planning and enforcement is urgently needed if protected areas are going to fulfil their potential.