Protected areas and the sustainable governance of forest resources

Daniel C. Miller, Katia S. Nakamura

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Forest protected areas (FPAs) remain a core strategy in efforts to advance global sustainability goals. Information on the effectiveness of this strategy in delivering environmental and socio-economic benefits is accumulating rapidly. Here, we review recent literature to assess current knowledge on FPA impacts, focusing on studies examining the governance dimensions of FPAs. We find that quantitative impact evaluations increasingly assess FPA networks and seek to link FPA governance to conservation and human well-being outcomes. A largely separate, qualitative literature provides detailed analysis of forest PA governance, but rarely connects it to these outcomes. Our review highlights the need for greater integration of insights and approaches from these two literatures to develop theory and evidence on sustainable governance of forest PAs over the long-term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-103
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
StatePublished - Jun 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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