Advancing equity in Protected Area Conservation: from theory to practice

Over the last seven years, ESPA has supported cutting edge research to better understand the notions of equity and justice in relation to measures to conserve ecosystem services including protected areas. At the same time, IIED has been leading the development of practical methods for assessing PA governance and social impacts which have been increasingly shaped by the ESPA-supported work. Complementing funding from IIED, this project will enable IIED and partners to conclude this process through completing a comprehensive equity (ie governance plus social) assessment process at Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda, and a workshop to reflect on methods for assessing equity in PA conservation and train assessment facilitators, producing a policy brief and a working paper that will form the basis of a major new IUCN publication: “Assessing equity in protected area management and governance: what, why and how”. In addition this project will produce a brief video on the what, why and how of site-level PA governance assessment which focuses on the procedural and recognition dimensions of equity. 
 
At a national and global level, this project will consolidate ESPA's leading work in supporting implementation of the equitable management element of the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi Target 11. 
 
With regard to specific Protected Areas, this project integrates equity issues into methods to assess governance and social impacts of Protected Areas. As such, it aims to enhance the contribution of Protected Areas to poverty alleviation, human wellbeing, and sustainable development.
Lead Principal Investigator
Organisation: International Institute for Environment and Development
Country: United Kingdom