1st Edition

Transforming Parks and Protected Areas Policy and Governance in a Changing World

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    **This title was originally published in 2007. The version published in 2012 is a PB reprint of the original HB**

    The protection of natural resources and biodiversity through protected areas is increasingly based on ecological principles. Simultaneously the concept of ecosystem-based management has become broadly accepted and implemented over the last two decades. However, this period has also seen unprecedented rapid global social and ecological change, which has weakened many protection efforts.

    These changes have created an awareness of opportunities for innovative approaches to managing protected areas and of the need to integrate social and economic concerns with ecological elements in protected areas and parks management.

    A rare collection of articles that fuses academic theory, critique of practice and practical knowledge, Transforming Parks and Protected Areas analyzes and critiques these theories, practices, and philosophies, looking in-detail at the emerging issues in the design and operation of parks and protected areas. Addressing critical dynamics and current practices in parks and protected areas management, the excellent volume goes well beyond simple managerial solutions and descriptions of standard practice.

    With contributions from leading academics and practitioners, this book will be of value to all those working within ecology, natural resources, conservation and parks management as well as students and academics across the environmental sciences and land use management.


    1. Introduction: Protected Areas in a Changing World Kevin Hanna, Douglas A. Clark, and D. Scott Slocombe  Part 1. The Challenges of Governance  2. Evolution of Contexts for Protected Areas Governance George Francis  3. Governance Models for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Paul F.J. Eagles  4. Information Technology and the Protection of Biodiversity in Protected Areas Michael S. Quinn and Shelley M. Alexander  5. Anthropological Contributions to Protected Area Management Melissa J. Remis and Rebecca Hardin  6. Steering Governance Through Regime Formation at the Landscape Scale: Evaluating Experiences in Canadian Biosphere Reserves Rebecca M. Pollock, Maureen G. Reed and Graham S. Whitelaw  Part 2. Critical Perspectives  7. Conflict and Protected Areas Establishment: British Columbia’s Political Parks Kevin S. Hanna, Roderick W. Negrave, Brian Kutas, and Dushan Jojkic  8. Deconstructing Ecological Integrity Policy in Canadian National Parks Douglas A. Clark, Shaun Fluker, and Lee Risby  9. The Science and Management Interface in National Parks R. Gerald Wright  10. Indigenous Peoples and Protected Heritage Areas: Acknowledging Cultural Pluralism David Neufeld  11. Political Ecology Perspectives on Ecotourism to Parks and Protected Areas Lisa M. Campbell, Noella J. Gray, and Zoë A. Meletis  12. Summary and Synthesis Douglas A. Clark, Kevin S. Hanna, and D. Scott Slocombe


    Kevin Hanna teaches environment and resource policy, environmental assessment and land use planning at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research centres on integrated natural resource management, impact assessment, forestry communities, and regional planning approaches.

    Scott Slocombe has taught resource and environmental management at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1989. His research and consulting interests focus on protected areas, environmental planning, management, policy and education, and systems approaches.  

    Doug Clark studies and teaches governance for social-ecological systems, focusing on the circumpolar north. Doug spent 11 years with Parks Canada in a variety of postings, including as the first Chief Warden of Canada’s Wapusk National Park established in 1997. He has twice received Parks Canada's Award of Excellence from the Agency's C.E.O. and in 2004 he became a Canon National Parks Science Scholar.