The indispensable guidelines on Protected Areas law - now in print!

05 July 2011 | News story

The Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 81, is now available in print and electronically. The publication is the result of a three-year project led by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), in cooperation with the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme (PAP) and with extensive contributions from the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), as well as important inputs from the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).

The purpose of the Guidelines is to assist all those involved or interested in the development of protected areas legislation to take stock of recent development, trends, and progress in this sector of environmental  law - which is at the intersection of biological diversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and also at the core of livelihood preservation.

It is composed of a printed volume containing the English version of the Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, and a CD attached to the book back cover, which contains the Guidelines text, as well as the 15 case studies which illustrate them. A French and Spanish version of the Guidelines will be available later in 2011. Thereafter a CD with all three language versions and the case studies will be available. In addition, the Guidelines and its case studies are posted on the IUCN ELC web site at:

Information about receiving complimentary copies of the Guidelines is available from IUCN ELC at

This volume adds to the series of Guides and Guidelines for which the IUCN Environmental Law Programme has become well known.

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.