Sustainable financing of Protected Areas:
A global review of challenges and options
This Guideline sets out the background to financing protected areas and identifies a series of approaches towards PA financial sustainability. The Guideline includes many examples and case studies that give protected area managers some familiar stories of funding challenges as well as some excellent indications of the way forward.
The authors of these guidelines have drawn together the most recent thinking about practical approaches to financial support for protected areas. Their conclusions are harmonious with the increasing emphasis on ecosystem-based management that IUCN has been developing over the past decade. While the current enthusiasm for returns based on payment for ecosystem services is explored, the authors clarify and illustrate some of the pitfalls and limitations behind this and other approaches.