Developing a framework and tools for enhancing equity and justice in protected area management
This 12-month project responded to the repeated demand expressed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress that protected areas should be managed equitably. The project provided an exciting opportunity to build on the conceptual work of two completed ESPA projects (NE/I00341X/1 and NE/I003282/1) to develop a practical framework for enhancing equity and justice in protected area management (at site and systems levels). The framework was validated through fieldwork at three sites in East Africa and a workshop with regional Protected Area practitioners hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Nairobi. The project brought together academics and practitioners with a wealth of expertise in conservation, protected area management and the challenges of working at the science-policy interface. Collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Global Protected Areas Programme ensured that outputs were not only relevant to the needs of protected area managers but also complement existing assessment tools. Outputs included the framework, three case study reports, a final workshop report, a policy brief and dissemination activities at the 2016 World Conservation Congress. Ultimately, this project contributed to achieving fairer management of protected areas with a concomitant positive impact on livelihoods of some of the world’s most remote and vulnerable populations.