Towards an integrated system for measuring the social impact of protected areas
PCLG Discussion Paper number 2 is a brief review that outlines the strong need for gathering reliable data on the livelihoods impacts of protected areas, and illustrates some of the approaches being taken. These are many and various and operate at a variety of scales and for a variety of purposes, using both top down, bottom up data gathering approaches or a combination of both. The review identifies that the question of social benefits of protected areas for local people is only a part of the issue at hand. There are also social benefits and costs at national levels and even at global levels.Tracking these costs and benefits at multiple scales is possible, but very hard.
This publication is an output of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) - Discussion Paper, number 2