Improving national park management

11 October 2012 | Article

National park management institutions must adapt as society’s goals and preferences change. This is especially true in countries that recently joined the European Union and have undergone rapid institutional change. Tools for evaluating national park management are important for guiding such institutional changes. 

The Integrated Protected Area Management (IPAM) toolbox helps identify areas of management which should be targeted for improvement. Juraj Svajda of the Institute of High Mountain Biology, University of Žilina, in collaboration with the School of Life Sciences and ecoSERVICES Group of the Arizona State University, investigated the effectiveness of the IPAM tool in the nine national parks of Slovakia.

The research revealed that the IPAM toolbox breaks the complex task of protected area management into specific tangible action areas and this can aid managers in identifying specific areas of protected area management that need revisiting. The research identified commonalities among the parks which point to necessary institutional changes beyond the control of individual park administrators.

The study showed that the IPAM toolbox is useful to aid national protected area institutions adapt to changing social and environmental conditions with the ultimate objective of achieving more efficient and effective park management.

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For a detailed description of all nine national Parks in Slovakia, you can search the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic list (Slovak).