Understanding and Implementing the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories

Protected Area Management Categories and Korea Experience to date and future directions

The Korean National Park Service (KNPS) has responsibility for the management of national park system, in South Korea. In 2005 KNPS sought the involvement of IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) to review the assignment of the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories in a number of national parks following revisions of the National Park Act which moved the focus of management from scenery to ecosystem protection. Following initial work in 2005, the process of category reassignment centred around field missions organized through IUCN Asia’s Regional Protected Areas Programme with the support of IUCN WCPA experts. Through these missions an agreed methodological approach to category reassignment and certification was developed.

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