Assessing Management Effectiveness and Setting Priorities in Protected Areas in KwaZulu-Natal

Assessing Management Effectiveness and Setting Priorities in Protected Areas in KwaZulu-Natal AbstractKwaZulu-Natal Wildlife is the governmental agency responsible for managing protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province, South Africa. The agency recently conducted an assessment of the management effectiveness of all 110 protected areas throughout the province. The assessment highlighted a range of management problems, including poor design and layout of protected areas; staffing problems; and inadequate financial resources, management planning, research efforts, and resource inventories. Major threats include invasive alien plants and the isolation of protected areas, the latter leading to problems in species viability. The assessment was part of a broader systematic conservation planning program being conducted throughout KZN Province; this article concludes with a discussion of how these two assessment processes are being integrated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png BioScience Oxford University Press

Assessing Management Effectiveness and Setting Priorities in Protected Areas in KwaZulu-Natal

BioScience, Volume 53 (9) – Sep 1, 2003

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Oxford University Press
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© 2003 American Institute of Biological Sciences
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Overview Articles
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0006-3568
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1525-3244
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10.1641/0006-3568(2003)053[0843:AMEASP]2.0.CO;2
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AbstractKwaZulu-Natal Wildlife is the governmental agency responsible for managing protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province, South Africa. The agency recently conducted an assessment of the management effectiveness of all 110 protected areas throughout the province. The assessment highlighted a range of management problems, including poor design and layout of protected areas; staffing problems; and inadequate financial resources, management planning, research efforts, and resource inventories. Major threats include invasive alien plants and the isolation of protected areas, the latter leading to problems in species viability. The assessment was part of a broader systematic conservation planning program being conducted throughout KZN Province; this article concludes with a discussion of how these two assessment processes are being integrated.

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BioScienceOxford University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2003

Keywords: Keywords KwaZulu-Natal management effectiveness assessment protected areas pressures threats

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