ParksWatch has been active in Venezuela
since 1999 and formed a new partnership with Bioparques
in January 2002. Bioparques is a Venezuelan non-profit, founded in January 2002,
aimed at strengthening Venezuela's Natural Protected Areas through human involvement
and cooperation in the search for solutions to the social, economic and environmental
problems faced by our parks.
Bioparques follows six lines of action:
1) To promote our national parks within the Venezuelan society as guardians of
our environment and quality of life, as well as forces driving the local economies.
2) To encourage involvement from different sectors of society in the management
of our national parks.
3) To generate information mechanisms aimed at promoting widespread knowledge
about our national parks.
4) To promote research within national parks and other protected areas in order
to broaden the knowledge available about our ecosystems and natural resources
5) To stimulate discussions and revisions of the legal instruments that regulate
the National Park System and other protected areas in Venezuela in order to
improve and adapt them to increase their efficiency in preserving the biological
integrity of the areas protected by the system.
6) To monitor the appropriate functioning of national parks and other ABRAE
(Areas Under Special Administration, acronym from the Spanish name) as tools
for biodiversity conservation.
The main objective of ParksWatch-Venezuela is to diagnose
the present situation of Venezuela's national parks and to design solutions
to the problems they face. By law, the Venezuelan National Park System exists
to protect the country's biodiversity, natural resources and its most scenic
sites, as well as to provide recreation, research and education to Venezuelans.
We hope that our diagnoses will contribute to these ambitious objectives.
ParksWatch-Venezuela is directed by