Priorities for protected area research

Nigel Dudley*, Marc Hockings, Sue Stolton, Thora Amend, Ruchi Badola, Mariasole Bianco, Nakul Chettri, Carly Cook, Jon C. Day, Phil Dearden, Mary Edwards, Paul Ferraro, Wendy Foden, Roberto Gambino, Kevin J. Gaston, Natalie Hayward, Valerie Hickey, Jason Irving, Bruce Jeffries, Areg KarapetyanMarianne Kettunen, Lars Laestadius, Dan Laffoley, Dechen Lham, Gabriela Lichtenstein, John Makombo, Nina Marshall, Melodie McGeoch, Dao Nguyen, Sandra Nogué, Midori Paxton, Madhu Rao, Russell Reichelt, Jorge Rivas, Dirk Roux, Claudia Rutte, Kate Schreckenberg, Andrej Sovinc, Svetlana Sutyrina, Agus Utomo, Daniel Vallauri, Pål Olav Vedeld, Bas Verschuuren, John Waithaka, Stephen Woodley, Carina Wyborn, Yan Zhang

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Abstract

A hundred research priorities of critical importance to protected area management were identified by a targeted survey of conservation professionals; half researchers and half practitioners. Respondents were selected to represent a range of disciplines, every continent except Antarctica and roughly equal numbers of men and women. The results analysed thematically and grouped as potential research topics as by both practitioners and researchers. Priority research gaps reveal a high interest to demonstrate the role of protected areas within a broader discussion about sustainable futures and if and how protected areas can address a range of conservation and socio-economic challenges effectively. The paper lists the hundred priorities structured under broad headings of management, ecology, governance and social (including political and economic issues) and helps contribute to setting future research agendas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
JournalParks
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • Managers
  • Protected areas
  • Research priorities
  • Researchers
  • Stakeholder assessment

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    Dudley, N., Hockings, M., Stolton, S., Amend, T., Badola, R., Bianco, M., Chettri, N., Cook, C., Day, J. C., Dearden, P., Edwards, M., Ferraro, P., Foden, W., Gambino, R., Gaston, K. J., Hayward, N., Hickey, V., Irving, J., Jeffries, B., ... Zhang, Y. (2018). Priorities for protected area research. Parks, 24(1), 35-50. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.CH.2018.PARKS-24-1ND.en