Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Conceptual and Practical Issues in Defining Conservation Success: The Political, Social and Ecological in an Organized World

Author:Steve Brechin, G. Murray, and K.A. Mogulgarrd
Date: 2008
Publication:Forthcoming 2007. Journal of Sustainable Forestry.

Placed within the people-park debates, the authors explore the complexities in defining protected area success. It is argued the selective focus on biodiversity as the only criterion for success often found in the broader literature has limited current discussions. The authors suggest the framing of protected area success should be seen as more multifaceted. Multiple perspectives and actors exist representing a number of interests at various scales across such domains as politics, economics, social legitimacy, scientific (ecological) knowledge. Each actor tends to highlight its own set of rationales. To illustrate their points, the authors present a case study from Quintana Roo, Mexico. They conclude by underscoring that it is the socio-political process of pursuing conservation itself that is likely more valuable to the efforts than a universally established notion of protected area success.
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