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Making Protected Areas Relevant: A Guide to Integrating Protected Areas within Wider Landscapes, Seascapes and Sectoral Plans and Strategies

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Protected area integration entails a two-fold process. The first involves linking protected areas within a
broader network of protected and managed lands and waters in order to maintain ecological processes,
functions and services. The second involves incorporating protected area design and management into
a broader framework of national and regional land-use plans and natural resource laws and policies in
order to maximize benefits from, and mitigate threats to, biodiversity. This document describes a set
of practical steps needed for conservation professionals and policy makers to integrate protected areas
into the surrounding landscapes, seascapes, and to integrate protected areas into sectoral plans and

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