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Definition(s)

A clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values. (Source: IUCN)
Portions of land protected by special restrictions and laws for the conservation of the natural environment. They include large tracts of land set aside for the protection of wildlife and its habitat; areas of great natural beauty or unique interest; areas containing rare forms of plant and animal life; areas representing unusual geologic formation; places of historic and prehistoric interest; areas containing ecosystems of special importance for scientific investigation and study; and areas which safeguard the needs of the biosphere. (Source:GEMET- DODERO / WPR)

In other languages

French
espace protégé
Russian
охраняемый район
Spanish
espacios protegidos
Chinese, Simplified
保护区
Arabic
منطقة محمية

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with protected area

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with protected area. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention
Convention on Migratory Species
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
World Heritage Convention
Ramsar Convention
Specially Protected Areas and Biodiversity Protocol
Offshore Protocol
Abidjan Convention
Noumea Convention
Cartagena Convention
Minamata Convention on Mercury
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas

Multimedia

In situ conservation - Protecting the Protected Areas: Partnering to Expand the Most Precious 17% of the Planet