Finally, governance of protected areas is a becoming a subject of inquiry even in Europe!
A comparative study of ‘case examples of different governance types for protected areas’, also known as the “Eastern European Governance Project” (EEGP) has been commissioned by Bundesamt fur Naturschutz (BfN) from Germany to ProPark, a Romanian NGO. The study started in earnest with a meeting of its Technical Advisory Committee, which helped ProPark to define the approach and methodology of the overall inquiry, agree on the final list of countries to be assessed and establish criteria for selecting protected areas for case studies. Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend and Iris Beneš attended the meeting as Consortium representatives to advice on ICCAs as a governance type recognised by IUCN and CBD. Participants included Trevor Sandwith (Head of Global Protected Areas Programme at IUCN,) and Andrej Sovinc (Vice Chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas for Europe).