Do protected areas contribute to poverty reduction?

Dudley, Nigel, Mansourin, Stephanie, Stolton, Sue and Suksuwan, Surin (2010) Do protected areas contribute to poverty reduction?. Biodiversity, 11 3&4: 5-7.

Author Dudley, Nigel
Mansourin, Stephanie
Stolton, Sue
Suksuwan, Surin
Title Do protected areas contribute to poverty reduction?
Journal name Biodiversity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1488-8386
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 11
Issue 3&4
Start page 5
End page 7
Total pages 3
Editor Geoff Scudder
Place of publication Ottawa, ON, Canada
Publisher Tropical Conservancy
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Protected areas are increasingly expected to contribute to poverty reduction strategies. To find out how realistic this is, we looked at the current and potential roles of protected areas in addressing poverty reduction, by carrying out a comprehensive literature review and by applying a standardised assessment method to a group of protected areas around the world that a previous assessment suggested had strong social values. The assessment found that protected areas can deliver multiple benefits that contribute to wellbeing and we therefore conclude that protected areas can and do reduce poverty, but require a strong social and political framework in which to spread benefits equitably and are unlikely to do so successfully in. conditions of endemic corruption and weak governance. As these conditions exist in some of the world's poorest countries, individual poverty reduction programmes within protected areas in poor countries face ingrained challenges that are hard for managers or development workers to address in isolation.
Keyword Protected area
Ecosystem conservation
Economic benefit
Poverty reduction
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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