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Most of today's well-known protected areas (national parks and nature reserves) have been created mainly to protect wildlife and landscape values and currently cover over 10 per cent of the world's land surface and around 0.5 per cent of the oceans. Retaining or expanding these areas in the future however will depend largely on showing their wider benefits for society. This book provides a concise and persuasive overview of the values of protected areas. As such it is a contribution to advocacy for new protected areas, can help secure existing protected areas and ensure that management is appropriate and well-informed.
'An honest appraisal of the many values and benefits of protected areas which shows why they are not just of interest to conservationists but also of critical importance to those who are as concerned with equity and sustainable development.' Nik Sekhran, Principal Technical Advisor for Ecosystems and Biodiversity, United Nations Development Programme 'In the future, national park agencies will be operating in a much more complex world. There is an urgent need to identity and quantify the wide range of environmental and economic benefits provided by protected areas. Being able to document the full range of benefits is a great challenge and is becoming an essential tool in order to provide tangible arguments for their conservation and partnership building. This book shows how by working together we can build a successful and inclusive parks system.' Julia Miranda Londoi? o, General Director, Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia 'I commend the editors and authors for this outstanding new book which describes arguments for the concept, establishment and effective management of protected areas and the benefits that arise. It is an essential tool for leaders and decision makers and will help achieve future conservation outcomes.' Dr Graeme L. Worboys, IUCN Vice Chair (Mountains and Connectivity Conservation), World Commission on Protected Areas
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