This newsletter was published in 2011 and defines the boundary proposed by the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group (CCSG)
A Public Consultation was held in May and June, 2013 and recommended that the CCSG boundary should be the official Outer Boundary, together with a Core, a Transition Zone.
- The Core of the Cockpit Country boundary should be primarily based on the contiguous geological, geomorphological and biological parameters. The Core must be the centre of the best and primary forest within the Cockpit Country.
The 2005 Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. proposed boundary, which also enclosed the current forest reserve can stand as a Core as it fits the above characteristics. The 2005 Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr. proposed boundary is suggested as the Core of the boundary.
- The Transition Zone of the boundary must be legally protected as well. However, the transition zone will require fewer restrictions because it includes human settlement areas, agricultural lands, and other types of forest reserve, where some regulated anthropogenic activities take place. However, there should be a level of control in order to protect the Core. There should be a high level of zoning. Alternative livelihood strategies have to be sought if current economic activities can threaten the sustainability of the Core.
The Cockpit Country NEGAR Add-on boundary is suggested as the Transition zone of the boundary.
- The Outer Boundary should be legally protected. It can also be considered as a buffer zone depending on the arrangements as indicated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. There may be fewer restrictions in this zone. The outer boundary may include other forest reserves or special areas that need to be placed under stringent protection and conservation measures.
The boundary proposed by the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is suggested as the outer boundary