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Advancing equity in protected area conservation

The important global, national and local benefits provided by protected areas may come at a cost to communities, and any resultant experience of injustice can undermine protected area conservation. Conversely, the success of many areas conserved by Indigenous Peoples and local communities makes a compelling case for the stronger engagement of local rights-holders and stakeholders in all types of protected area. The Convention on Biological Diversity recognises the need to govern and manage protected areas effectively and equitably; this briefing provides an equity framework to support policymakers, protected area managers, Indigenous Peoples, local communities and other local stakeholders in achieving this.

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IIED has developed and tested a relatively simple, low-cost methodology for assessing the positive and negative social impacts of protected areas, and is now supporting its roll-out.

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Assessing social impacts of protected and conserved areas (SAPA)

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