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This course gives a short and practical overview of “protected areas”, regions dedicated to the conservation of nature. How do they work and why are they so important for the preservation of our constantly changing environment? Thanks to this course you will be able to understand the challenges of conservation, especially in Africa, and how protected areas can help face them, at a local and international level. This course is part of the BOOC series (Book ad Open Online Courses), a collection of reading material supporting the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) provided by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. These documents ideally complement the course, as they help revising the MOOC and obtain the certificate.


  • Key Concepts: Importance of protected areas and protected area networks – The role of protected areas – Definition of Protected Areas – IUCN protected area categories (Part 1) – IUCN protected area categories (Part 2) – on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Planning: Planning a protected area – Protected area network planning – Monitoring the results and impacts of planning – Comprehensive integrated land-use planning – Transboundary protected areas – Aichi targets
  • Governance: Definition of governance – State governance – Private governance – Community governance – Shared governance – Nagoya Protocol
  • Protected area effectiveness: – Protected area effectiveness and adaptive management – Preserving PAs: surveillance – Ecological monitoring and conservation – Raising awareness and research – The Green List of protected areas – World Heritage
  • Specificities of protected area management: Culture and nature – Training for protected area management – Marine protected areas (MPA) – Plant and animal species – Tourism in protected areas – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
  • Financement durable: Financial planning – Protected area economic values – Sources of funding – Funding mechanisms – Compensation & offset and Financial Investments – Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS)
  • Topicality of conservation: – Protected areas and climate change – Connectivity and buffer zones – Ecological restoration of protected areas – Gender and equity – Corruption and traffic of natural resources – RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands


Publisher: EPFL Press

Author(s): Geoffroy Mauvais, Sylvie Goyet, Paul NDiaye, Paul Ouédraogo

Collection: BOOCs EPFL

Published: 27 october 2016

Edition: 1st edition

Media: eBook [PDF]

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 72

Size: 15 Mo (PDF)

Language(s): English

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782889144181

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