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Social Assessment of Protected Areas: Early Experience and Results of a Participatory, Rapid Approach

Assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected areas is no easy task, but it can be done with relatively simple, low cost methodologies. Designed for this purpose, the Social Assessment of Protected Areas (SAPA) methodology can be applied to any protected area (PA), regardless of its management category and governance type, and to related conservation and development activities that are designed to support PA conservation. At the heart of the SAPA methodology is a multistakeholder process that enhances accuracy and credibility, and ensures that the assessment addresses the information needs not only of PA managers, but also of other key actors in government, civil society and the private sector. This working paper describes both the development of the SAPA methodology (work in progress), and some preliminary results that illustrate the type of information generated and the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology.

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  • IIED code: 14643IIED
  • Published: Nov 2014 - IIED
  • Area: Kenya, Gabon
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-112-4
  • Language: English

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Phil Franks, Dilys Roe, Rob Small, Helen Schneider. 2014. Social Assessment of Protected Areas: Early Experience and Results of a Participatory, Rapid Approach. IIED Working Paper. IIED, London

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The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is coordinating a programme that aims to develop, test and roll out a relatively simple, low cost methodology for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected areas.

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