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IUCN GUIDELINES #20

Governance of Protected Areas:

From understanding to action

1As biodiversity becomes rarer and increasingly precious, protected areas are becoming an ever more important focus of interest and concern, delight and conflict. Regarding the governance of these protected areas, concepts and practices are evolving into a new, rapidly expanding and developing field of enquiry.

Building on this, the volume 20 in the IUCN Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines series argues that governance that is both appropriate to the context and “good” is crucial for effective and equitable conservation. This applies to all kinds of protected areas and other conserved areas, in terrestrial, inland waters, coastal and marine environments.

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