The people and the park

The importance of local communities to the effectiveness of protected areas

Protected areas have been part of the conservation landscape for over 150 years. Acknowledging the role of local communities in the management of these areas, however, is a much more recent thing. Just how important is that relationship? Our research is showing that in developing countries the level of local participation is the most important factor when it comes to the levels of compliance. So, maybe we should be paying more attention to it.

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