Options for guaranteeing the effective management of the world's protected areas

Dudley, N., Hockings, M. T. and Stolton, S. (2004) Options for guaranteeing the effective management of the world's protected areas. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 6 2: 131-142. doi:10.1080/1523908042000320713

Author Dudley, N.
Hockings, M. T.
Stolton, S.
Title Options for guaranteeing the effective management of the world's protected areas
Journal name Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1523-908X
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1523908042000320713
Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 142
Total pages 12
Editor Andrew Flynn
Kevin Bishop
Terry Marsden
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
300902 Land and Parks Management
779906 Remnant vegetation and protected conservation areas
05 Environmental Sciences
0502 Environmental Science and Management
Abstract A rapid increase in the number and size of protected areas has prompted interest in their effectiveness and calls for guarantees that they are providing a good return on investment by maintaining their values. Research reviewed here suggests that many remain under threat and a significant number are already suffering deterioration. One suggestion for encouraging good management is to develop a protected-area certification system: however this idea remains controversial and has created intense debate. We list a typology of options for guaranteeing good protected-area management, and give examples, including: danger lists; self-reporting systems against individual or standardised criteria; and independent assessment including standardised third-party reporting, use of existing certification systems such as those for forestry and farming and certification tailored specifically to protected areas. We review the arguments for and against certification and identify some options, such as: development of an accreditation scheme to ensure that assessment systems meet minimum standards; building up experience from projects that are experimenting with certification in protected areas; and initiating certification schemes for specific users such as private protected areas or institutions like the World Heritage Convention.
Keyword Protected areas
Management effectiveness
Q-Index Code C1

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