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Unpacking equity for protected area conservation

There have been numerous calls to ensure that protected areas are governed and managed in an equitable manner. While there has been progress on assessing management effectiveness, there has been less headway on defining the equitable part of the equation. Here we propose a framework for advancing equity in the context of protected area conservation that was developed through a process of expert workshops and consultation and then validated at three sites in East Africa. We go on to present the case for shifting the framing of protected area conservation from a livelihoods framing to an equity framing, show how equity relates to a number of other key concepts and related assessment tools in protected area conservation, before outlining a step-wise process for using the framework to advance equity in protected area conservation.

Publication information

  • External: X00165
  • Published: Nov 2016 - IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)
  • Themes: Biodiversity, Natural resource management
  • Source pub: PARKS: The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation
  • Journal ref: 22:2
  • Language: English

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Schreckenberg K, Franks P, Martin A, Lang B (2016) Unpacking equity for protected area conservation. Parks vol 22:2.
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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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Assessing social impacts of protected areas