WWFF Directory… IUCN and WDPA

Recently there has been some discussion regarding the applicability and/or relevance of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) categories, and the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) in general.

Background

The Rule 15.3 of the WWFF Global Rules state:

When giving consideration to adding new WWFF reference areas, please ensure that the proposed area falls within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Protected Areas Categories System found in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).

It further states:

To be valid for WWFF these new areas with above nomination should be in the WDPA database.

Language: what does “should” mean

The WWFF Rules are written in English, and (at least try to be) careful with the use of words.

In particular, the word “should” needs to be considered in its formal sense. In International Standards:

“should” indicates a recommendation

where:

a recommendation is defined as an “expression in the content of a document conveying a suggested possible choice or course of action deemed to be particularly suitable without necessarily mentioning or excluding others.

From this, the specification of an IUCN category, and the inclusion within the WDPA are recommendations.

As always, the approval of a reference is at the discretion of the WWFF Directory Manager.

The IUCN

What is the IUCN

From their website:

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Not every country/territory is a member of IUCN…

What are the IUCN Categories

These are listed on the IUCN website, and provide an independent categorization of protected areas.

This independence is necessary, as it ensures that a proposed reference has enough international status to warrant inclusion in the WWFF program.

But not having an IUCN category does not exclude, where justification exists… and LogSearch has additional classifications (eg RAMSAR, WorldHeritage, Biosphere and Natura2000 – as well as None!)

The WDPA

What is the WDPA

From the IUCN website:

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Protected areas are internationally recognised as major tools in conserving species and ecosystems. Up to date information on protected areas is essential to enable a wide range of conservation and development activities. Since 1981 UNEP-WCMC, through its Protected Areas Programme, has been compiling this information and making it available to the global community.

The WDPA is a joint project of UNEP and IUCN, produced by UNEP-WCMC and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas working with governments and collaborating NGOs.

The UNEP is, of course, the United Nations Environment Program.

What is in the WDPA

The WDPA is only as good as the data within – and some countries/territories are better at maintaining their entries than other!

Note, inclusion within WDPA does not guarantee approval as a WWFF reference, as the WDPA includes sites that are of a national significance, that and not necessarily of an international significance.

Likewise, a location that is not listed in the WDPA may be considered for a WWFF reference where it is of international significance, and carries an appropriate international designation.

5th Serbian Flora&Fauna Open Day in memoriam of Goran Savić YT2A

We are calling you on Saturday 28.09.2019. from 00:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC take participation in 5th Serbian Flora&Fauna Open Day in memoriam of Goran Savić YT2A The activation Goal: Member of Goran Savić FF activity pioneer, promotion of bigger activity from YUFF and global protected nature zones, also YUFF and global hunters Flora&Fauna program.

Activation is allowed only from one zone with one station, except there is more groups of activators going in same FF zone, and they must report/anounce activity with several callsigns.

In this case every callsign must have a minimum of 100 QSOs and minimum stay in FF zone of 2 hours and more, in one FF zone. Activity time will not count if there is a pause between QSOs more than 60 minutes.

If station works with more than one PCs, they must send one ADI.LOG to YUFF team. Its allowed to activate 2 FF areas, and activity must be reported to YUFF coordinator no later than 27.09.2019. to 18:00h.

Coordinator of activity for 2019 will be Miki Jakovljević YT3X. If the activity from FF zone is not reported in indicated date, QSOs will be accepted only to hunters, but the activator team will not be able to claim their scores for FF Diploma or other prices. You can announce the activity on YUFF Team E-Mail memorial@yuff.co.rs or via phone +38165 599 599 9 SMS Viber E-mail.

Coordiator will be posting schedule of activations on official YUFF Facebook page on www.facebook.com/groups/16332247764722825/ or www.yuff.co.rs. Final schedule of activations will be posted no later than 27.09.2019. at 20h.

Every activator will be informed as soon as possible about confirmation of accepting their announcements of activation, or to try to activate other FF zone if selected is already planed for activation from others ham-s. YUFF team accepting every activated FF zone for diploma for 2019!

List of YUFF references is avaible on official YUFF site at www.yuff.co.rs/yuff-lista/

ActivatorsEvery station who activated reference and send their logs on time, will be awarded with YT2A Diploma.

YUFF Team will award with special prices for activators who worked the most numbers of QSOs, Gold, Silver or Bronze medal for single callsign who was active from YUFF Area.

For scoring will count non unique QSOs. World wide activators from FF zones must have at least one QSO with YUFF activators for award. -HuntersEvery station who worked at least 5 QSOs with different stations from others FF zones world wide will be awarded, but 3 stations must be from YUFF Area.

For the first time this year, YUFF team will award hunters (Gold, Silver or Bronze medal), who worked the most numbers of QSOs from other YUFF activators. Every mode on the band can be used for QSOs and only the double QSOs (same band, same mode) is not valid for award. YUFF team acceptning only ADI (ADIF) format and you can send your logbook to our robot at http://radiosport.yu1srs.org.rs/HF/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=169&lang=en

If you have any problem with logbook upload, feel free to send your log to memorial@yuff.co.rs

Deadline for sending the logbook is 08.10.2019. ti 23:59 UTC.

73&44 YUFF Team

Logsearch Update – September 2019

The latest update (v0.0.9) has just been released…

The headline is (once again) the addition of a number of new awards and award steps – but also includes some preparation for future enhancements, notably around the ongoing club-station saga.

Issues Addressed

This update revises the following new awards and/or award levels:

  • Issue #00008 – Add new levels CUFF-A-50 and CUFF-H-50
  • Issue #00012 – Add new levels 4OFF-A-HonourRoll(20) and 4OFF-H-HonourRoll(20)
  • Issue #00013 – Add new levels OHFF-A-400 and OHFF-H-400
  • Issue #00020 – Add new levels LZFF-A-20 and LZFF-H-44
  • Issue #00024 – Add new levels LAFF-A-75 and LAFF-H-75
  • Issue #00027 – Add new level PAFF-H-100
  • Issue #00033 – Withdrawal of OT4V and KOTA special awards
  • Issue #00034 – Add new levels MRPA-A-51 and MRPA-H-51 (VKFF program)
  • Issue #00035 – Add new level ONFF-H-600

This update also addresses the following other issues:

  • Issue #00006 – P2P confirmation updates hunterHomeCall if applicable (meaning club-operator gets credit too)
  • Issue #00019 – Update search result header blocks to display band/mode endorsements
  • Issue #00030 – Add conversion of 5MHz frequencies (60m band)
  • Issue #00032 – ADIF 3.1.0 mode and submode enumerations
  • Issue #00036 – Top Operators: fix incorrect sorting of tied places in “by Reference”
  • Issue #00037 – Top Operators: error handling when insufficient rows to populate

Open Issues can be found in the Issue Tracker.

Future Plans

Further work is ongoing, but all being well, the next update will (at long last) address the lack of Club Station reports in “Top Operators”… I thought I had the answer, but some work is still needed.

In the near future, all CTFF references, activations and QSOs/P2Ps in The Azores will be migrated to a new CUFF series. This has been promised for a while (including in the last updates), but time has been in short supply!

Personal Note

Development of Logsearch has to fit around family and work commitments! Unfortunately, my job means I’m on the road a lot!

Feedback

Any problems, or new feature requests, via the Help Desk Forum please.

UN Award Mgr change

UNFF Award program “Green Kazakhstan”

Hello, 

From 01.09.2019 I  dont any more award manager “Green Kazakhstan”. Applications for diplomas please forward to Victor UN7GIT un7git@mail.ru 

— Vy 73 &44! Artur UN6QC ***************************************

Привет, 

С 01.09.2019 года я больше не дипломный менеджер “Зеленого Казахстана”. Заявки на получение дипломов прошу направлять Виктору  un7git@mail.ru
Vy 73 &44! Артур UN6QC ************************************************

Witam,

Od dnia 01.09.2019 roku już nie bede menedżerem dyplomu “Zielony Kazachstan”. Wnioski o uzyskanie dyplomów prosimy kierować do Wiktora un7git@mail.ru — Vy 73 &44! Artur UN6QC

Logsearch Update – August 2019

The latest update (v0.0.8) has just been released…

The headline is (once again) the addition of a number of new awards and award steps – but also includes some preparation for future enhancements, notably around the ongoing club-station saga.

Issues Addressed

This addresses the following GitLab issues:

  • Issue #00008 – Add new levels CUFF-A-20 and CUFF-H-20
  • Issue #00010 – Add new level FFF-H-300
  • Issue #00012 – Add new levels 4OFF-A-Gold(9) and 4OFF-H-Gold(15)
  • Issue #00013 – Add new levels OHFF-A-400 and OHFF-H-400
  • Issue #00020 – Add new levels LZFF-A-15 and LZFF-H-30
  • Issue #00024 – Add new levels LAFF-A-50 and LAFF-H-50
  • Issue #00026 – Create clubstation meta
  • Issue #00028 – Revise log upload prompt to reflect current support process

Open Issues can be found in the GitLab Issue Tracker.

Future Plans

Further work is ongoing, but all being well, the next update will (at long last) address the lack of Club Station reports in “Top Operators”… I think I have the answer, but some work is still needed.

In the near future, all CTFF references, activations and QSOs/P2Ps in The Azores will be migrated to a new CUFF series. This has been promised for a while (including in the last updates), but time has been in short supply!

Personal Note

Development of Logsearch has to fit around family and work commitments! Unfortunately, my job means I’m on the road a lot!

Feedback

Any problems, or new feature requests, via the Help Desk Forum please.

Get your Park On!

The second annual operating event, Get your Park On!, will occur October 12-20, 2019 in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to all WWFF Activators and Hunters and is sponsored by the U.S. (KFF) affiliate of World Wide Flora and Fauna (WWFF).

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Logsearch Update – July 2019

The latest update (v0.0.7) has just been released…

The headline is the addition of a number of new awards and award steps – but also includes some preparation for future enhancements, notably band/mode endorsements for awards.

Underneath the covers, this update also addresses some incompatabilities with the new version of PHP.

Issues Addressed

This addresses the following GitLab issues:

  • Issue #00007 – Add “Internal Use Only” indicator for SpecialFlags in Directory
  • Issue #00008 – Add new levels CUFF-A-15 and CUFF-H-15
  • Issue #00010 – Add new level FFF-H-200
  • Issue #00012 – Add new levels 4OFF-A-Silver(6) and 4OFF-H-Silver(10)
  • Issue #00015 – Updated legacy CSS in email template
  • Issue #00019 – Provide for band/mode endorsements
  • Issue #00020 – Add new levels LZFF-A-10 and LZFF-H-20
  • Issue #00021 – Amend YOFF award to include YOFF-0028
  • Issue #00023 – Revised rules for SVFF awards
  • Issue #00024 – Add new levels LAFF-A-40 and LAFF-H-40
  • Issue #00025 – Address PHP7 incompatabilities

Open Issues can be found in the GitLab Issue Tracker.

Future Plans

All being well, the next update will (at long last) address the lack of Club Station reports in “Top Operators”… I think I have the answer, but some work is still needed.

In the near future, all CTFF references in The Azores will be migrated to a new CUFF series.  This has been promised for a while (including in the last updates), but time has been in short supply!

All existing activations and their QSOs will be migrated too; as will P2Ps.

Personal Note

Development of Logsearch has to fit around family and work commitments! Unfortunately, my job means I’m on the road a lot!

I am also on vacation 2019-07-20 until 2019-08-06.

Feedback

Any problems, or new feature requests, via the Help Desk Forum please.

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