Guide Series

IAPA Operation Guide Series are especially designed for PA managers, and kept short, practical and linked to the best and most recent guidelines in the world. It will be reviewed and updated constantly along with practices. Revisions are welcome and suggestions please send to: cbm_iapa@126.com

1、Monitoring Planning Operation Guide for Protected Areas

Xie Y, MacKinnon J, Gan XJ, Yang WH, Leempoel K (eds.). Issued in 2018 and updated in Sept. 2018. Monitoring Planning Operation Guide for Protected Areas. IAPA, Beijing, China: 23pp.

Monitoring in Protected Areas (PAs) includes both human (socioeconomic) and biophysical (ecological) aspects of monitoring. Socioeconomic monitoring normally focuses on people’s knowledge and attitude towards an ecosystem/species as well as their natural resource use and dependence. Ecological monitoring on the other hand will generally focus on a specific species or ecosystem, using supporting information on environmental conditions and associated organisms. Monitoring can p provide information for sustainable management of natural resources, determine changes and threats to ecosystems, track changes in people’s knowledge, perception and use of biological resources, facilitate the formulation and implementation of conservation legislation and policies based on scientific information, develop nature-based tourism, and contribute towards education and public awareness on conservation. The operation guide provide key information to plan a sound monitoring program, and introduce from the importance and general principles of monitoring, Indicators, management procedures, analyzing and reporting monitoring data, and useful PA monitoring tools. It is a practical guide to PA managers.

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2、Operation Guide for Environmental Education in Protected Areas

Zhou TT, Xie Y, MacKinnon J, Miao R (eds.). Issued in 2018 and updated in Sept. 2018. Operation Guide for Environmental Education in Protected Areas. IAPA, Beijing, China: 26pp.

Environmental education (EE) can be defined as a process directed at creating awareness and understanding about environmental issues that leads to responsible individual and group actions. Successful environmental education focuses on processes that promote critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. The rich flora and fauna resources and diverse ecological landscapes make PAs natural classrooms for environmental education activities. The guide introduced the importance of environmental education to protected area management, overall plan for EE in protected area management, develop infrastructure for EE in PAs, design content for EE and material preparation, develop specific EE activity plan, implement EE activities, evaluate EE outcomes and update EE overall plan, case studies and other useful information. It is a practical guide to PA managers.

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 3、Friendly Development Operation Guide for Protected Areas and their Surroundings

Xie Y, McNeely J. MacKinnon J, Miao RL, Tian DX, Gong ZL, Shi JS, Yang WH, Wang Q, Zhang YB, Berger J (eds.). Issued in 2018 and updated in Sept. 2018. Friendly Development Operation Guide for Protected Areas and their Surroundings. IAPA, Beijing, China: 30pp.

The intersection between PAs and the development goals guiding government priorities presents some of the greatest challenges, as well as opportunities, to PA policy makers, planners, managers, and researchers. In the end, most challenges to PA are part of the larger challenges to national development, calling for wide cooperation to create the friendly conditions that will enable PAs and their surrounding lands to prosper. PA provide essential ecosystem services to society, supporting the health, safety, and economy of people in and around PA. The guide introduces the significance of PA to economic and social development, the impact on PA of development in their surrounding lands, overall planning for the development of PA, reduce ecological damage, methods of controlling pollution, maintain and restore the natural environment, biodiversity conservation, eco-tourism. It is a practical guide to PA managers.

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