About the book
Protected areas refer to a geographical space, recognized, dedicated, and managed through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. The definition of the protected area is expanded into six protected area management categories. These include a strict nature reserve, wilderness area, national park, natural monument or feature, habitat/species management area, protected landscape/seascape, and protected areas with sustainable use of natural resources. The current total number of protected areas as reported by the World Database on Protected Area has increased from the last decade from 157,897 in 2011 to 258,725 in 2021 which covering almost 20 million square kilometers or around 15% of the world’s land. However, values and benefits from protected areas have often been taken for granted and underestimated.
This book entitled Protected Area Management will highlight multifaceted issues about the management and conservation of protected areas throughout the world. Specifically, this book will demonstrate that there are deep necessities in how the wider scientific, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural values that protected areas provide should increasingly be recognized. In addition, the book will highlight various approaches for managing and conserving protected areas to respond to some pressing global challenges today such as climate change, demand for food and energy, over exploitation, and habitat change.