The book is titled Protected Area Governance and Management and is planned to be launched as an IUCN “Legacy Product” of the November 2014 Sydney IUCN World Parks Congress. It will comprise 31 chapters, with each chapter being a self-contained and individually accessible module as well as being integrated as part of a larger book. The book will be available electronically as an E-Book. Every attempt will be made to secure funding so that it may also be also be available in print form for those that do not have access to electronic support equipment. Here is a Synopsis of  the Book  which you can download or view online.

An investment in people, protected areas and the conservation of biodiversity

The Book is an integral part of a larger IUCN WCPA “Protected Areas Capacity Development Programme”. Both initiatives are planned to be launched at the IUCN World Parks Congress in November 2014. The Book will be the principal source of information on protected area governance and management for the IUCN WCPA professional development program and its content has been comprehensively developed to accommodate this need. The book will help people to be better protected area governance experts and managers.

The Editors

The Book will be edited by Dr Graeme Worboys, Dr Michael Lockwood and Ashish Kothari, the same editors that prepared the previous (acclaimed) IUCN compendium text titled “Managing Protected Areas, A Global Guide” published by Earthscan in 2006. Ashish Kothari is the Founder-member of Kalpavriksh (an Indian environmental NGO), former Co-chair of IUCN TILCEPA and member of WCPA and CEESP Steering Committees. Ashish’s expertise is in conservation governance and community-based conservation. Michael Lockwood is Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania. Michael is the Co-ordinator for the University of Tasmania’s Protected Area Management Course, he has special expertise in the social sciences and is co-author of co-editor of many protected area related papers and books including the 2010 book “Connectivity Conservation Management, A Global Guide” published by Earthscan.

Book Plan and Table of Contents

The Book Plan has been developed and revised to guide the development of contents of the Book..

Guidance for Authors

Guidelines for Authors have been prepared to assist with the development of the book and may be downloaded. Additional guidance for the writing style and referencing using the modified Harvard approach have been provided.


Newsletters are published about the development of the book project from time to time, and can be downloaded on our Project Newsletters page.

Briefing Note

Download a Briefing Note that describes this new publication.