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Read about current success stories throughout Parks in Peril sites.

Turning 37 "paper parks" into functioning protected areas covering over 45 million acres of globally and regionally significant habitat.

  • Consolidation of 20 sites which are now self-sufficient and no longer in need of intensive USAID funding, improvement include: the presence of trained staff and support infrastructure on-site, capability for long-term management, ability to identify and secure financial resources, and a local constituency and policies that support site conservation-that intensive USAID funding is no longer necessary
  • Increasing the size PIP protected areas by about 3 million acres to 45 million acres
  • Strengthening of 28 partner organizations in all aspects of site conservation, starting with the basics of on-site presence and protection, but including strengthening boards of directors, developing community constituencies, strategic planning, ecological monitoring, financial self-sufficiency, financial accounting for major grants, Geographical Information Systems analysis, and other important aspects of a successful, long-term site conservation effort.

Identification of national and local policies that undermine site conservation at all PIP sites, and significant progress in changing policies to support conservation at many of these sites. Policy achievements include:

The development of cutting-edge tools and methodologies to guide, focus, and support site conservation, including:

  • Rumbo al Exito, the first Spanish-language manual for effective NGO boards of directors
  • the PIP Site Consolidation Scorecard for adaptive management of conservation programs, now adapted to USAID's PROARCA/CAPAS program in Central America
  • a case study from Quito, Ecuador, that provides guidance for using water-use fees to protect watersheds containing conservation sites; the Site Conservation Planning Manual, providing a step-by-step guide to threats-based site management
  • a study of Indirect Cost Recovery rates management; and a fine-grained vegetative classification of Caribbean islands that enables conservation priority-setting throughout the region.

Improved conservation throughout national systems of protected areas, including sites where PIP has no presence, by leveraging PIP tools and methodologies to the system level. Successes include:

  • adoption of the PIP Site Consolidation Scorecard Manual by the national protected areas system of Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as Chiapas, Mexico
  • use of TNC's site financial planning methodology by the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales of Peru for all the country's federal protected areas
  • the Government of Bolivia's use of PIP's work with park user fees as a model for all its protected areas.