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Putting Nature on the Map 
A project to identify and categorise the places in the UK where the conservation of nature and landscape comes first IUCN’s new guidelines on protected area management categories were published in 2008. In the light of this advice, Nik Lopoukhine, Chair of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), has asked IUCN NCUK to revise and expand the application of IUCN protected area categories in the UK and to improve coverage of UK protected areas on the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). In response to this request, IUCN UK has set up the Putting Nature of the Map (PNOTM) project. 
PNOTM began in 2011 with the establishment of the IUCN NCUK Protected Areas Working Group. Consultants Middlemarch Environmental coordinated Phase 1 of the project, and the CME consultancy coordinated Phase 2. 
The National Handbook
Drawing on the work done to date, the IUCN National Committee UK Protected Areas Working Group has now produced a Handbook to assist in the application of IUCN Protected Area Categories to UK sites. This key document is available for download here
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Putting Nature on the Map – Phase IV
Thanks to a grant from WWF-UK, the next phase of the PNOTM project will be going forward this year. This stage of the project will be pressing ahead with implementing the recommendations from the report produced in 2014, with particular emphasis on: finalising accurate datasets from UK NGOs; a focus on marine protected areas; applying protected area categories to ecological networks; protected area management effectiveness; and exploring the values of private and community conserved protected areas.
The UK Protected Areas Assessment Panel is looking for some new Members to consider and evaluate the UK datasets. If you have knowledge of the UK protected area landscape and would like to join this small group of World Commission on Protected Areas Members, please contact for more details.
Your invitation: Protected Areas – Implications of the Global Agenda 
A conference to be held at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, on 9th February 2015 Tickets £35 (including lunch and refreshments) available from 
Supported with funding from Scottish Natural Heritage, the programme will comprise feedback from participants at the recent World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, matters relating to the application of the IUCN protected area management categories and the SNH Panel Review of Protected Areas, all of interest to UK and Scottish audiences of protected area professionals. 
Contact for more details or book online at
Funding for Phases 3 and 4 has now been found from WWF-UK and Scottish Natural Heritage.
New PACC Newsletter Published - catch up with the latest news from the IUCN NCUK Protected Areas Working Group here 
The newly published Guidelines for applying IUCN Protected Area Management Categories to Marine Protected Areas can be found at:
Roger Crofts, a member of the IUCN NCUK Protected Area Working Group and the PA Assessment Panel presented the work of the Putting Nature on The Map project at the World Conservation Congress in a workshop coordinated by fellow co-workers Sue Stolton and Nigel Dudley. 
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