Protected Areas

Protected Areas and International Environmental Law

This volume seeks to provide the reader with a clear understanding to the way that protected areas are created, listed and managed in international law. In doing so, it provides a complete overview of the primary international and regional conventions in this area, and the decisions and resolutions that have come from them. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive examination of, inter alia, the World Heritage Convention, the Man and the Biosphere regime, the Ramsar (Wetlands) Treaty, and the Convention on Migratory Species. It also deals extensively with the important regional conventions in this area, covering Europe, Africa and the Americas. The regimes governing international maritime protected areas, and Antarctica, are also dealt with. In each area, the values, selection considerations, management, and compliance considerations are examined in detail and linked into recognizable examples from well known protected sites of international significance.


'This book makes a major contribution to the global literature on protected areas and international law, particularly in relation to the role of international environmental conventions such as the World Heritage Convention . This is strongly recommended reading for anyone interested or involved with heritage conservation.'
David Sheppard, Head, IUCN Programme on Protected Areas

'The book ... provides an encyclopaedic collection and organization of information on international agreements, initiatives and materials on protected areas leading to the identification of significant developments and trends.'"
Elisa Morgera, Legal Officer, Development Law Service, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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