Book of the Week: Managing Protected Areas

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Managing Protected Areas: A Global Guide


edited by Michael Lockwood, Graeme L. Worboys and Ashish Kothari. Published by Earthscan, 2006.

Shelfmark: CP/PO/005 (Conservation Practice–Protected Areas–5th book in this section)

Our third book of the week is a bit of a doorstop and one that you’re more likely to dip into rather than read cover to cover. The 802 pages(!) provide a comprehensive guide to 21st century protected area management best practice.

Managing Protected Areas was conceived at, and draws heavily on, the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress held in Durban, South Africa in 2003. The 26 chapters are each written by experts in their field, hailing from every continent (except Antarctica!). The book has a strong practical focus. It is illustrated with numerous case studies exemplifying best practice, some of which were previously unpublished. Figures and tables display the ideas presented accessibly and the book ends with 50 pages of appendices providing a useful source of data.

From the impacts of climate change to options for weed control, examples of traditional sustainable use practices to strategic planning, Managing Protected Areas provides a wealth of information. It is a key reference work for protected area management.


There are over 113,700 protected areas covering 19.6 million square kilometres, or over 12 percent of the planet’s surface, protecting a significant portion of the world’s biodiversity and home to millions of people.

This handbook, produced by world renowned experts from the World Conservation Union (IUCN), spans the full terrain of protected area management and is the international benchmark for the field. The book employs dozens of detailed international cases studies, hundreds of concise topical snapshots, maps, tables, illustrations and a colour plate section, as well as evaluation tools, checklists and numerous appendices to cover all aspects of park management from biodiversity to natural heritage to financial management.

The book establishes a conceptual underpinning for protected area management, presents guiding principles for the 21st century, reflects recent work on international best practice and provides an assessment of skills required by professionals. As the most authoritative guide ever compiled to the principles and practice of protected area management, this volume is essential for all professionals and students in all countries and contexts.


Part I – Setting the Context
  • Natural Heritage
  • Social Context
  • Global Protected Area Framework
  • Values and Benefits
  • Governance of Protected Areas
  • Process of Management
  • Developing Capacity
Part II – Principles and Practice
  • Establishing Protected Areas
  • Threats to Protected Areas
  • Obtaining, Managing and Communicating Information
  • Management Planning
  • Finance and Economics
  • Managing Staff, Finances and Assets
  • Sustainability Practice and Sustainable Use
  • Operations Management
  • Natural Heritage Management
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Incident Management
  • Tourism and Recreation
  • Collaboratively Managed Protected Areas
  • Community Conserved Areas
  • Linking the Landscape
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Evaluating Management Effectiveness
  • Building Support for Protected Areas
  • Challenges and Opportunities
Part III – Appendices

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