Protected areas are an effective tool for conserving species and ecosystems. They contribute substantially to the long-term provisioning of services and the conservation of habitats and ecosystems, which are crucial for sustaining livelihoods at local, regional and global scales.
Protected areas are crucial for the conservation of terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.
Protected areas are crucial for the conservation of terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Their management and planning should involve all stakeholders, in particular the rural populations surrounding them who are most affected by their presence and should benefit from the alternative sources of employment and economic activities they potentially provide.
Within its mandate of protecting forests and fisheries stocks and conserving biodiversity, FAO supports countries in the design and management of protected areas and provides technical guidance for the formulation of adequate policies. FAO promotes the ecosystem approach to natural resources management, contributing to the conservation of terrestrial, freshwater, marine and cultural biodiversity.
Thanks to FAO's global expertise and knowledge in forestry, fisheries and agriculture, best practice solutions and innovative approaches to major challenges in protected area management such as the overexploitation of species and the impacts of climate change can be identified, and adapted to regional or national circumstances.
FAO increasingly works in partnerships, for the best possible assistance to countries.