240 pages, 10 tabs, 30 halftones
Worldwide, the protection of natural and heritage resources through protected areas is increasingly based on applying ecological principles, and the concept of ecosystem-based management has become broadly accepted over the last twenty years. This time period has also seen unprecedented and rapid global-scale social and ecological change, which has seriously weakened many protection efforts. However, such change has created awareness and opportunities for new and traditional approaches to protected areas management.
Awareness of the need for integrating social and economic concerns with ecological elements in protected areas and parks management has grown steadily in recent years. Park managers, policy makers, researchers and civil society movements have sought more critical examinations of the rapidly evolving field of protected area management, and an assessment of recent experiences and policy influences worldwide. This book applies critical and political economic approaches to analysing current theories, practices, philosophies and emerging issues in the design and operation of parks and protected areas.
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