Creative participatory methodologies for protected areas management: New approaches and challenges

This Knowledge Café represents a continuation of the Knowledge Café conducted by us in 2008 at the IUCN Congress in Barcelona, and aims at promoting and advancing the discussions and experience sharing concerning new methodological and pedagogical approaches for protected areas management. Participatory methodologies for protected areas management represents one of the main challenges related to social inclusion and benefit sharing concerning biodiversity conservation strategies. However, there is still very limited experience and critical reflexion, in terms of possible tools and methodological development and evaluation. Taking into consideration the need to promote biodiversity protection with social commitment, the development of social technology and new approaches in protected areas participatory management can be considered as key issues related to the Biological Diversity Convention principles and goals.

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