Governance of Protected Areas: from Understanding to Action

This publication is an important step to enhance governance capacities for the world’s protected area systems. Part 1 provides an overview of the four different protected area governance types recognised by the IUCN, with plenty of examples of what they are, why they are important and how they might be integrated into coherent and effective protected area systems. It also addresses the complex question of what constitutes good governance in various circumstances. Part 2 offers practical guidance for a multi-stakeholder group willing to embark on the process of assessing, evaluating and improving governance for a given system.

The publication is a collaborative product of IUCN, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ, the CBD Secretariat and the ICCA Consortium. You can download it at where you can find also other resources on the governance of protected and conserved areas.