Special Issue "Methods to Strengthen Protected Area Conservation and Management on the National Level"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2024 | Viewed by 241
Interests: species conservation; protected area management
Protected areas represent an important component of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Framework Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (also called the Ramsar Convention), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the World Heritage Convention, and many other such pacts, including regional agreements. These international efforts have played important roles in encourage countries across the world to establish protected areas. However, for many developing countries, the establishment of protected areas is driven by the implementation of international convention responsibilities instead of internal needs; therefore, motivation for providing funds and staff to enhance the effective management of these areas is low, and the level of management of protected areas in some countries is highly dependent on international funding. This is why there are many “paper-protected areas”.
The country is the most powerful management instrument in the world, and it is important to understand the problems, opportunities, and best practices involved in protected area management on the national level. It is essential to strengthen research on, and acknowledge the need to establish, protected areas on the national level in order to improve the awareness of national governments about the importance of protected areas. There are many opportunities to promote friendly development in and around protected areas via national certification mechanisms that bring benefits to local people who participate conservation. These efforts would encourage governments to mobilize national resources and engage their people, motivating them to participate in and support protected area conservation.
The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following aspects on the national scale: the challenges of protected area management in developing countries; clear and convincing social and economic benefits that protected areas provide via complex interactions between plants, animals and ecosystems; the ways in which ecosystem services benefit all people in a country; the amount of protected area coverage required for a given country; best practices aiming to improve protected area conservation and management in developing countries; diversified biodiversity conservation and protected area management in different countries; and the promotion of protected area friendly development on the national level.
Dr. Yan Xie
Prof. Jeffrey A. McNeely
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