Understanding stakeholder perspectives : the case of Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park & the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve
Williams, Robert Edward
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SubjectBiosphere reserves; Parks; Protected areas; Public opinion; Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction: A Canada-Africa Research and Learning Alliance; Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park (B.C.); Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve (B.C.); British Columbia
Parks and protected areas are crucial for the health of the biosphere and long-term sustainability of the planet. However challenges these areas face include: there are simply not enough of them, the existing ones are often too small and fragmented, and there is not always public support for them. Regional parks are specific types of protected areas that can help contribute to conservation and sustainability. The effectiveness of protected areas for conservation can be enhanced through a variety of strategies such as “biosphere reserves”. This research looks at stakeholder perceptions regarding potential benefits of the Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park and the importance of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve Operating Framework. This study has contributed to the larger Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction (PAPR) research initiative as it discusses the flow of costs and benefits from protected areas and alternate forms of protected area governance.
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