Assessing equity in protected area governance: Approaches to promote just and effective conservation

Dawson, Neil, Martin, Adrian ORCID: and Danielsen, Finn (2018) Assessing equity in protected area governance: Approaches to promote just and effective conservation. Conservation Letters, 11 (2). ISSN 1755-263X

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With the inclusion of equity concerns in Aichi Target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, equitable management has become an important objective for the world's protected areas. The way equity is defined and operationalised influences whether this strategic shift can help identify pathways commensurate with conservation effectiveness. We examined equity around a protected area in Laos, combining quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the three dimensions of procedure, recognition and distribution. Local understandings of equity depended on discrete, evolving issues, with attention to informal decision making and dynamic values required to uncover suitable solutions. We show that equity definitions focused on material distribution and assessments reliant on standardised indicators may result in inadequate responses that sustain local perceptions of inequitable management and miss opportunities for effective conservation. Equity should be considered a management goal to continually adapt towards, informed by stakeholder dialogue.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: aichi target,convention on biological diversity,ecosystem service,environmental justice,environmental management,lao pdr,natural resource
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 05:06
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 02:16
DOI: 10.1111/conl.12388


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