Development and implementation of management plans in West and Central Africa

pic1This study is based on the analysis of the management plans of a sample of protected areas in West and Central Africa, in order to assess their strengths and weaknesses and compare their preparation process, in relationship with the guidelines elaborated by IUCN and WCPA ( Word Commission on Protected Areas).

The study has revealed that despite the diversity of the reviewed PAs, their MPs’ content fortunately have big similarities. However, the comparison of these MPs with the practices recommended by IUCN in its MP drafting guidelines reveals more or less significant differences. Their analysis allows drawing conclusions on two fields applied to protected areas management: the issues related to MP drafting and those related to their implementation.

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