Earlier this year, you learned about a collaborative effort that the US Forest Service and NPS are undertaking to support Brazil’s park planning efforts. This work continues and in October, the Denver Service Center planning division collaborated again with the USFS and Brazilian government, building upon efforts towards planning for protected areas in Brazil. This partnership was made possible through an interagency agreement with the USFS supported by the US Agency for International Development’s Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Diversity.
Over the last year, the Brazilian government tested and adopted a new management planning process for Brazilian conservation units (adapted from the NPS Foundation Document process). The agency has determined this to be a valuable approach, and plans to complete management plans for all of their 324 conservation units. To build local capacity in leading the management plans, Chris Church and Sarah Bodo from the DSC planning division taught a training course on facilitating a management planning workshop.