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Managing Protected Areas in a Changing World: New Insights and Opportunities

Version 1 : Received: 6 December 2016 / Approved: 7 December 2016 / Online: 7 December 2016 (11:13:38 CET)

How to cite: Rashid, A.; Mukul, S. Managing Protected Areas in a Changing World: New Insights and Opportunities. Preprints 2016, 2016120036 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0036.v1). Rashid, A.; Mukul, S. Managing Protected Areas in a Changing World: New Insights and Opportunities. Preprints 2016, 2016120036 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0036.v1).

Abstract

Establishment of protected areas (PAs) is one of the key global conservation strategies that currently cover approximately 15% of the earth’s land surface. Globally, PA networks are designed to curb the growing anthropogenic pressures in areas with high biological diversity. Despite the importance of PAs in conserving the vanishing biodiversity and unique habitats, many of them are in critical condition due to poor governance thus functioning below the expected level. Moreover, in many developing countries, the PA coverage is below the global standard. Recognizing their contemporary role in conservation, governments have recently agreed to expand the global PA coverage to 17% by the year 2020 (Aichi target 11). This book with eight chapters from different regions of the world provides an overview of the PAs governance, institutional mechanisms, conservation benefits, limitations and challenges associated with their respective policy discourse, integrated management, and functional attributes. Protected areas expect to to play an important role in the long rn in conservation and protection of biodiversity and ecosystems particularly in countries where population pressure and habitat loss are high. Regular intervention, political commitment, and effective governance are essential for the sustainability of PAs across the world. Here, we also attempted to shed some light on future development clues for the sustainable management and monitoring of PAs worldwide.

Subject Areas

conservation; governance; habitat loss; livelihood; eco-tourism; carbon credits

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