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  • Guidelines for Applying Protected Area Management Categories. 

    Dudley, Nigel (IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 2008)
    IUCNs Protected Areas Management Categories, which classify protected areas according to their management objectives, are today accepted as the benchmark for defining, recording and classifying protected areas.They are ...
  • Guidelines for applying the IUCN protected area management categories to marine protected areas. Second edition. 

    Day, Jon; Dudley, Nigel; Hockings, Marc; Holmes, Glen; Laffoley, Dan; Stolton, Sue; Wells, Sue; Wenzel, Lauren (IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 2019)
    The primary purpose of these supplementary guidelines is to increase the accuracy and consistency of assignment and reporting of the IUCN categories when applied to marine and coastal protected areas. To avoid unnecessary ...
  • Ecological restoration for protected areas : principles, guidelines and best practices. 

    Keeneleyside, Karen A.; Dudley, Nigel; Cairns, Stephanie; Hall, Carol M.; Stolton, Sue (IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 2012)
    This publication provides guidance for terrestrial, marine, and freshwater protected area managers at both system and site levels on the restoration of natural and associated values of protected areas. As this sometimes ...
  • Large-scale marine protected areas : guidelines for design and management. 

    Lewis, N.; Day, J.C.; Wilhelm, A.; Wagner, D.; Gaymer, C.; Parks, J.; Friedlander, A.; White, S.; Sheppard, C.; Spalding, M.; San Martin, G.; Skeat, A.; Taei, S.; Teroroko, T.; Evans, J. (IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 2017)
    Although focused on aiding managers, these Guidelines are for anyone involved in supporting LSMPAs or the communities that hold an interest in them. It is hoped these Guidelines will also assist new LSMPAs from the earliest ...