Protected area management planning in Latin America: A handbook based on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

This handbook (in Spanish) can be consulted here online and can also be downloaded onto a computer. It offers a series of practical tools and seeks to empower those who manage protected areas so they can develop their own management plans.

This work in Spanish is based on a draft version in English developed some years ago by professionals from different organizations. José Courrau, Sue Stolton, Nigel Dudley, Jora Young, Dan Salzer, Cristina Lasch, Oscar Maldonado and Jamison Ervin collaborated on the original version in English.

Rather than ‘reinventing the wheel’, we have tried to take advantage of the vast information already published to guide the development of a protected area management plan. As a result, this publication is a collective effort from some of the most experienced conservation professionals who work around the world. We would like to express our gratitude to all who provided inputs to this publication.

Part of the information presented here was compiled in workshops organized by CATIE. We thank the Costa Rican National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) and GIZ’s BIOMARCK project. We also express our gratitude to the 50 protected area staff from Costa Rica and Panama who were consulted by José Courrau.

The completion of this manual was financed by TNC and CATIE.

We hope this handbook will be a useful tool for your conservation efforts.

We are currently identifying resources with CATIE and CCNet to translate this handbook to English. Please contact Cristina Lasch if you know of any funding opportunities for translation support.

Suggested way to reference this work: Herrera Fernández, B; Lasch Thaler, C; Courrau Arias, J. 2013. Planificación del manejo de áreas protegidas en América Latina. Turrialba, Costa Rica, CATIE, TNC. Versión electrónica. (Serie Técnica. Manual Técnico no. 118).

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