CRC’s capacity development experience and expertise have influenced the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) 10-year strategic plan for capacity development in protected areas and the plan’s codifying document, the Strategic Framework for Capacity Development in Protected Areas and other Conservation Territories 2015-2025.
CRC has long been a leader in capacity development of coastal managers and protected area staff through its work with the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association and its Marine Protected Area Professionals certification program as part of the United States Agency for International Development-funded Sustainable Coastal Communities and Ecosystems program (2004-2014).
That experience led the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas to name CRC Coastal Manager Glenn Ricci to its Capacity Development Working Group. The group began working on the strategic plan in 2013, and it was adopted in November 2014 at the World Parks Congress, which convenes once a decade. The recently published framework is a result of the strategy planning process and ongoing refinements. CRC played a leading role in developing the strategy’s program to professionalize protected area management. CRC will continue to participate in the working group and incorporate many of the strategies into its own field programs around the world.