Understanding and Implementing the IUCN Protected Area Management Categories

Putting Nature on the Map: identifying protected areas in the UK

Many areas of land and sea in the UK are managed in order to protect nature and conserve landscapes and seascapes. However, there is no comprehensive, up-to-date, central record of all those sites whose management meets international protected area standards. Much is known about many of them individually, but it is not easy to establish how much land and sea is managed primarily for nature and landscape, nor the priorities for management. Putting Nature on the Map aims to fill these gaps in knowledge.


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.

Guidelines for Applying Protected Area Management Categories

IUCN’s Protected Areas Management Categories, which classify protected areas according to their management objectives, are today accepted as the benchmark for defining, recording and classifying protected areas. They are recognized by international bodies such as the United Nations as well as many national governments. As a result, they are increasingly being incorporated into government legislation. These guidelines provide as much clarity as possible regarding the meaning and application of the Categories.