Nagoya 2010: New website uses 'citizen science' to cover 150,000 protected areas

Launching on 19th October, is an interactive, social media-based website that provides in-depth information on 150,000 protected areas worldwide. Users - or 'citizen scientists' - can upload photographs, record wildlife sightings and write reviews of visits to protected areas - a 'Web 2.0' approach to conservation that will boost the profile of lesser-known protected areas and help increase their visitor numbers. More revenue from eco-tourism in protected areas can bring more investment in conservation projects. is also a mine of information for scientists, NGOs and governments working on biodiversity and protected areas. The website is a joint project between UNEP's World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Date: Tuesday 19 October 2010

Time: 11:30 - 13:30 (Nagoya)

Location: International Conference Room (Room 3f), Building 3, Nagoya Congress Center


Charles Besançon, Head of Protected Areas Programme, UNEP-WCMC

Craig Mills, Senior Programme Officer, UNEP-WCMC

Nik Lopoukhine, World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN

For More Information, Please Contact:

Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson/Head of Media, on or Tel. +81 80 3660 1001 or +41 795 965 737

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