Protected Area Governance and Management
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PAGM briefing note

Protected Area Governance and Management presents a compendium of original text, case studies and examples from across the world, by drawing on the literature, and on the knowledge and experience of those involved in protected areas. The book synthesises current knowledge and cutting-edge thinking from the diverse branches of practice and learning relevant to protected area governance and management. It is intended as an investment in the skills and competencies of people and consequently, the effective governance and management of protected areas for which they are responsible, now and into the future.

The global success of the protected area concept lies in its shared vision to protect natural and cultural heritage for the long term, and organisations such as International Union for the Conservation of Nature are a unifying force in this regard. Nonetheless, protected areas are a socio-political phenomenon and the ways that nations understand, govern and manage them is always open to contest and debate. The book aims to enlighten, educate and above all to challenge readers to think deeply about protected areas—their future and their past, as well as their present.

The book has been compiled by 169 authors and deals with all aspects of protected area governance and management. It provides information to support capacity development training of protected area field officers, managers in charge and executive level managers.


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Apr 2015
ANU Press
Science: Earth & Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences

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  1. Introduction (PDF, 948KB)
  2. Concept, Purpose and Challenges (PDF, 2.0MB)
  3. Earth’s Natural Heritage (PDF, 5.7MB)
  4. Earth’s Cultural Heritage (PDF, 2.0MB)
  5. Social and Economic Influences Shaping Protected Areas (PDF, 1.1MB)
  6. Values and Benefits of Protected Areas (PDF, 1.6MB)
  7. Governance for the Conservation of Nature (PDF, 2.1MB)
  8. Managing Protected Areas (PDF, 2.1MB)
  9. Capacity Development (PDF, 1.7MB)
  10. Benefiting from Complexity Thinking (PDF, 2.1MB)
  11. Knowledge Generation, Acquisition and Management (PDF, 1.7MB)
  12. Leadership and Executive Management (PDF, 1.7MB)
  13. Planning (PDF, 1.4MB)
  14. Engagement and Participation in Protected Area Management: Who, why, how and when? (PDF, 1.4MB)
  15. The Media and Protected Areas (PDF, 2.1MB)
  16. Managing Threats (PDF, 2.1MB)
  17. Climate Change and Protected Areas (PDF, 2.5MB)
  18. Geoconservation in Protected Areas (PDF, 2.3MB)
  19. Managing Freshwater, River, Wetland and Estuarine Protected Areas (PDF, 4.3MB)
  20. Marine Protected Area Management (PDF, 3.3MB)
  21. Managing Protected Areas for Biological Diversity and Ecosystem Functions (PDF, 3.4MB)
  22. Managing Cultural Uses and Features (PDF, 2.6MB)
  23. Visitor Management (PDF, 1.9MB)
  24. Managing Operations and Assets (PDF, 2.6MB)
  25. Managing Resource Use and Development (PDF, 1.6MB)
  26. Managing Incidents (PDF, 1.5MB)
  27. Connectivity Conservation Management (PDF, 3.0MB)
  28. Protected Area Management Effectiveness (PDF, 2.1MB)
  29. Conclusion (PDF, 726KB)


‘(…) the book (…) it is a wondrous piece of work (…) It is a change maker’
Nik Lopoukhine, Chairperson Emeritus, IUCN WCPA; Former Chief Executive, Parks Canada

‘It is a splendid volume representing a vast amount of work and will be immensely valuable’
John Gordon, Honorary Professor, School of Geography and Geological Sciences, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom

‘This is a book that needs to be read by all (…) from the heads of protected area authorities to the park managers and rangers on the ground’
Dr Jane Smart, IUCN Global Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group, Gland, Switzerland

‘(…) it will (…) become “the bible” of protected area management for decades to come’
Roger Good, Alpine Ecologist, NSW Australia

‘What a cracker of a book (…) a great resource to train and improve protected area management in all its diverse glories’
Mike Williams, Principal, Michael Williams and Associates, Waverton, NSW Australia

‘Congratulations on what is a significant piece of work (…), I (…) can see it will be of great reference value’
Daniel Iglesias, Director ACT Parks and Conservation, Australia

‘Its wide and free availability as an eBook is fantastic’
Peter Jacobs, Former Chief Ranger, Alpine National Park, Victoria

‘(… )well done to the excellent WCPA collective effort to get this vital information into the hands of protected area staff (…)’
Roger Croft, Founding CEO, Scottish Natural Heritage; Former WCPA Regional Vice Chair for Europe, United Kingdom

‘Congratulations (…) for the new IUCN protected area book, fantastic’
Dr Yuri Badenkov, Russian Academy of Science

‘What a terrific resource it is, and will remain so, for many, many years’
David Harmon, Executive Director, George Wright Society, Hancock, USA

‘This is great! We have people lined up for this book! (…) for me, it turned into one of the best writing experiences I have had’
Steve McCool, Professor Emeritus, Department of Society and Conservation, University of Montana, USA


Protected Area Governance and Management, edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary, and Ian Pulsford has been reviewed by David Harmon at The George Wright Forum. Harmon writes:

A truly comprehensive guide to the full range of issues, both conceptual and practical, that protected areas managers in today’s world are facing, this is a book that really ought to be on the desk of every senior-level park manager (and of anyone who aspires to be).’ And concludes by saying:

When taking a global perspective, inevitably the subjects have to be dealt with at a level less specific than that taken in specialist texts. The challenge—probably the biggest one editors of a single-volume overview like this have to meet—is to find the sweet spot between superficiality and suffocating detail. Nearly all the chapters of Protected Area Governance and Management hit that target. If you want to understand what is going on in the wide world of protected areas, this is simply a book not to be missed.’

(David Harmon, review of Protected Area Governance and Management, edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary, and Ian Pulsford. Review can be found on The George Wright Forum, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 220–221, 2015)


Ralf Buckley from Griffith University, writing for Annals of Tourism Research, reviews Protected Area Governance and Management, edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary, and Ian Pulsford. Buckley writes:

 ‘It is a compilation of received knowledge, designed to remain current for a substantial period. … it is well worthy of attention by tourism researchers as well as park managers.

(Ralf Buckley, review of Protected Area Governance and Management, edited by Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary, and Ian Pulsford. Annals of Tourism Research, Volume 55, November 2015, pp. 191-192. The review can be found online:



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