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IUCN Directory of South Asian Protected Areas

dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.coverage.spatialAsia and the Pacific
dc.descriptionProtected areas are predominantly natural areas established and managed in perpetuity, through legal or customary regimes, primarily to conserve their natural resources. Despite the acute pressures of rapidly increasing human populations, more and more protected areas are still being declared in the Indomalayan Realm. Here, it is worth remembering that the concept of protecting natural areas in tropical Asia is very ancient and may have taken root in the Indian sub-continent, where the practice of affording special protection to patches of forest can be traced back several thousand years to hunter-gatherer societies. The World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) is gradually expanding its capabilities as an international centre for information on protected areas, which is managed by its Protected Areas Data Unit (PADU). As part of the WCMC core programme, PADU is gradually compiling a series of regional protected areas directories, with priority addressed to tropical countries where much of the world's biological diversity is to be found.
dc.publisherUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
dc.subjectprotected area
dc.subjectwildlife conservation
dc.subjectwildlife sanctuary
dc.subjectnational park
dc.subjectnature conservation
dc.subjectnature protection
dc.subjectresources management
dc.subjectresource conservation
dc.subjectmanagement of natural resources
dc.subject.classificationClimate Change
dc.titleIUCN Directory of South Asian Protected Areas
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 14 - Life Below Water
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 15 - Life on Land

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