Adaptive Protected Area Management

Adaptive Protected Area Management

Adaptive Protected Area Management

Position paper | October 15, 2021

Creating and maintaining resilient social and ecological communities for people and planet

To create and maintain resilient social and ecological systems, protected area management (PAM) must be adapted to rapidly changing environmental conditions. First, this paper explores PAM strategies for resilient social and ecological communities, as well as challenges to their implementation. Second, Adaptive Management (AM) and Adaptive Co-Management strategies are critically examined to complement and improve current management practices. Finally, the paper will give recommendations on integrating different approaches and perspectives on adaptive PAM for resilient social and ecological systems.

Healthy forest ecosystems fulfil key social and ecological functions but are also facing significant challenges. The focus of this paper is on forest management in Central and Eastern Europe — a region often facing particular challenges in sustainable forest management (UN News, 2006).

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