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1. What is meant by ‘Protected Area’?
A protected area is 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. (IUCN Definition 2008)

2. What is the meaning of each IUCN category?

  • Category Ia - Strict Nature Reserve
  • Category Ib - Wilderness Area
  • Category II - National Park
  • Category III - Natural Monument or Feature
  • Category IV - Habitat/ Species Management Area
  • Category V - Protected Landscape/ Seascape
  • Category VI - Protected area with sustainable use of natural resources

*For more details, please visit this website http://www.iucn.org/pa_categories/

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