ISPAM Resources

Transboundary Management

Crossing Borders for Nature

Using European examples of transboundary conservation, this publication aims to further raise awareness about the value of transboundary conservation, highlighting the many benefits transboundary cooperation generates, while not neglecting the challenges and problems parties encounter when they engage in transboundary initiatives. It explains the evolution of transboundary conservation practice in global terms, with regard to definitions
and global trends.

Presented by the IUCN.

Guidelines for Conserving Connectivity through Ecological Networks and Corridors

These Guidelines consolidate a wealth of knowledge and best-available practices to support efforts to combat fragmentation. They provide tools and examples (1) for applying ecological connectivity between protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and (2) for developing ecological networks for conservation.

Developed by the IUCN.

Initiating Effective Transboundary Conservation

Building on experience from the Dinaric Arc of the Western Balkans, this guideline provides a new methodological tool for practitioners interested in initiating transboundary conservation around the world. This project also supports rehabilitation and reintegration in a post-conflict situation.

Presented by the IUCN.

Pathways towards People-oriented Conservation in a Human-dominated Landscape: the Network for Conserving Central India (NCCI)

Using the NCCI as an example, this study identifies indicators to track progress in collaborative landscape-level networks across four dimensions: the composition of the network; collaborative scientific output; dissemination of research outputs through social, electronic and print media; and participation in policy and decision-making bodies. This research suggests that other landscape-level networks in social-ecological systems can modify these dimensions to their circumstances to track progress toward co-produced management that address livelihood and conservation needs.

Transboundary Conservation: A Systematic and Integrated Approach

This publication makes a case for transboundary conservation approaches and promotes an array of innovative methods based on contemporary principles. It has been developed primarily to provide transboundary conservation managers with advice on how to work more effectively and how to address the challenges that are specific to transboundary conservation. It can also help advocates of this approach to make the case for transboundary cooperation.

Developed by the IUCN.

US – Canada Transboundary and Indigenous-led Conservation of Nature and Culture Priority Recommendations

This document represents a summary of three core recommendations for consideration by federal agencies in the United States and Canada for the future needs around transboundary conservation. These were collaboratively developed in 2021 by representatives from conservation organizations, Indigenous communities, government agencies, and civil society in a series of virtual events to explore common opportunities, challenges, success stories in transboundary conservation.