The Latin American Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, other Protected Areas and Wildlife (REDPARQUES) is a technical mechanism consisting of public and private institutions and specialists from the member countries of the region working in the realm of protected areas and wildlife. Its objective is to progressively increase the technological and management capacity, based on the exchange of experiences and knowledge among members, using their own technical, human and financial resources.
The results of the activities of REDPARQUES have been very positive and have contributed significantly to the development and technical capacity of the professionals from the national institutions responsible for the management of national parks and other protected areas.
This contribution is reflected in the increase in technical cooperation among the countries in the region and in the participation in projects and exchange of knowledge and experience.
In 1983 the countries of the region, with the support of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), created the Latin American Technical Cooperation Network on National Parks, other Protected Areas and Wildlife (REDPARQUES). Its creation was due to the need for progress in the management of protected areas in Latin America and the willingness of the countries to more efficiently share the technical knowledge and experience available in the region.
Together with the Government of Colombia and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), REDPARQUES organized the First Latin American Congress of Parks and other Protected Areas in 1997 in Santa Marta.
The Congress provided an important opportunity to discuss and exchange technical and scientific information and promote regional strategies for national parks and other protected areas.
The second Latin American Congress of Parks and other Protected Areas took place in Bariloche, Argentina in October 2007, counting among its organizers, in addition to the Government of Argentina, OAP, UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and IUCN, its principal targets being the monitoring of the Action Plan from the First Congress and advances in the region of the Durban Action Plan (2003).
REDPARQUES uses different methodologies for the execution of its activities, adapting them to the needs and possibilities of the participating institutions:
- Technical meetings, round tables, workshops and seminars.
- In-person and distance learning training courses and e-forums.
- Exchange of information, publications, case studies and diagnostics.
- In-service training on relevant issues..
- Exchange of experts and technical teams to have in situ experiences.
- Training in the identification, design and implementation of pilot projects and projects demonstrating development.