chapter  9
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Protected areas, national parks and outdoor recreation

In an increasingly complex world, the need to set aside certain areas free of development, where conservation values can be protected, is seen as crucial and of growing importance. A protected area is defined by the IUCN as:

An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means.