Suggested reading & resources


  1. Interesting articles/publications – assorted topics
  2. Selected presentations and videos
  3. Recommended reference books, guidelines & standards
  4. Useful websites & online resources/tool kits

The items below have been nominated by or through our Community of Practice reference panel. If you’d like to recommend a publication that has significantly informed, influenced or assisted your understanding, practice or perspectives on protected areas management, please send email with your suggestion.

1. Interesting articles/publications – assorted topics

Indigenous/cross-cultural protected areas planning and management (in Australia)
Personal development
World Heritage management

2. Selected presentations and videos

  • The Art of Healing the Earth – This 45 minute seminar shows the impressive results achieved through a large-scale landscape restoration project undertaken with the local community in the Loess Plateau of China.  By John D. Liu of Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO).
  • Discover Gondwana – This 60-second video aims to promote the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area. The video was developed by the New South Wales (Australia) Parks and Wildlife Service in response to community requests for on-line material.  The video is part of a package that includes an image library, an e-brochure and suggested social meida posts to help inspire visits and guide visitation to this special place. If you are interested in the package or would like further information, contact the World Heritage Unit at
  • Science for a healthy NSW environment (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage).  This video explains how the Science Division of the New South Wales state government (Australia) is partnering with others to reduce pollution and achieve a healthier environment.

3. Recommended reference books, guidelines and standards

  • Conservation Planning. Informed decisions for a healthier planet. Authors: Craig R. Goves and Edward T. Game. Roberts and Company Publishers, 2016. For more information go to
  • IUCN Green List Standard. The IUCN Green List Standard describes a set of components, criteria and indicators for successful conservation in protected areas. The purpose of the standard is “to encourage protected and conserved areas to measure, improve and maintain their performance through globally consistent criteria that benchmark good governance, sound design and planning, effective management, and successful conservation outcomes”. Part 1 presents the Global Standard; Part 2 outlines generic indicators and sample means of verification, and Part 3 provides guidance for components and criteria.
  • IUCN Protected Area Management and Governance. Authors: Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary and Ian Pulsford. Australian National University Press, April 2015. Available for download online at

4. Useful websites, online & digital resources/toolkits

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