Urban Protected Areas - Profiles and best practice guidelines





Trzyna, T. (2014). Urban Protected Areas: Profiles and best practice guidelines. Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series No. 22, Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. xiv + 110pp.


This book is divided in three parts:

• Part 1, Urban protected areas – context and concept, provides a brief context to the growing interest in urban protected areas and then explains what urban protected areas are, why they matter and how they are distinctive.

• Part 2, Profiles of urban protected areas, describes protected areas in 15 metropolitan areas around the world.

• Part 3, Best practice guidelines, is organized into four sections: protected areas and people; protected areas and places; protected areas and institutions; and the creation, promotion and improvement of urban protected areas. The guidelines are illustrated by references to examples taken from the 15 profiles, as well as from other locations. As far as possible, a global perspective has been taken but inevitably some countries figure more in the range of examples than others.

It is designed primarily for managers of urban protected areas and those responsible for protected area systems, but it has been written in non-technical language with a broader readership in mind.

Little has yet been published about the subject of urban protected areas, so this text will introduce a number of ideas that may be new to protected area managers. However, many of the methods used to manage protected areas in urban environments are the same as those required elsewhere. This volume emphasizes management approaches that are especially relevant to urban protected areas. Since these areas, and the political and social contexts in which they reside, vary greatly, it does not provide detailed recommendations, but instead it: sets out general guidelines; offers examples of problems, opportunities and solutions; and lists sources of further information and assistance.

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