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Protected areas and human wellbeing assessment

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Establishing protected areas (PAs) has been one of the most common and successful interventions since the very beginning of the conservation movement.

The process of protecting areas from threats posed by human activities will, by definition, inhibit some of these activities and therefore potentially have adverse impacts on the wellbeing of people living in or near PAs. However, these impacts could be balanced through the maintenance of valuable ecosystem services or the introduction of new livelihood options.

Consequently, there is an on-going debate about whether the net impact of PAs on human well-being at local or regional scales is positive or negative.

This advisory document reports on the conduct and results of a systematic review of evidence of the impacts on human well-being arising from the establishment or maintenance of terrestrial PAs.

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