Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Protected Area Management: Principles and Practice

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: Protected Area Management: Principles and Practice

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Review: Protected Area Management: Principles and Practice By Graham Worboys, Michael Lockwood and Terry De Lacy Reviewed by Elery Hamilton-Smith Charles Sturt University, Australia Graeme Worboys, Michael Lockwood, & Terry De Lacy. Protected Area Management: Principles and Practice. Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press. 2001. 399 pp. ISBN 0-19-551300-2 (paper). US$65.00

This book is a remarkable collective production, and the acknowledgements are a virtual Who's Who of protected area management in Australia. Yet, unlike many collective efforts, it is a well-integrated presentation of concepts, precepts, and experience. Its presentation is excellent, with hundreds of figures and plates that bring the text to life. A range of brief descriptions of sites or practices and illustrative case studies appear throughout in boxes. All of these features are intertwined with the overall flow of the text. It covers an immense span of material, but is written clearly and concisely. It targets protected area managers, but its clarity is such that it could well serve as a student text, perhaps replacing the half dozen books that would otherwise be required to cover the content. Then, as if that is not enough, it is also keyed to a web site which contains the more detailed materials which were developed in the course of assembling the text, and thus provides still more depth for those who wish to explore specific topics.

The book is based in Australian experience but the authors have done their best to draw out principles and generalities that will prove valuable in other countries. I have certainly used it in a number of very divergent settings, and found it has been enthusiastically received.

The first part of the book establishes the context with two chapters on the natural heritage and socio-political context of Australia-one on the concept and purposes of protected areas and one on the nature organisational management processes. …

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