Protected area governance, equity and benefit sharing

This module covers aspects related to governance, equity and benefit sharing, including best practices for promoting innovative forms of governance. This module forms part of the curriculum of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA Goal 2.1).

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 Languages: EN  FR  SP  Estimated effort: 2 hours/all course requirements
 Course type: Self-paced e-learning module PartnersUNDPCBD

Wherever decisions are being made and power and authority are exercised, some form of “governance” is in place. This is true for natural resource management in general and for protected areas in particular. The power and the capacity to take decisions have a major influence on the achievement of protected area objectives, the sharing of responsibilities, rights, costs and benefits, and the generation and maintenance of support – be it financial, political, or from the communities in and around the protected areas in question. The process of understanding and, where necessary, improving governance is at the heart of effective conservation.

Learner Objectives

The goal of this module is to provide you with an overview of the diversity and quality of governance of protected areas and a practical guidance how to improve governance of protected areas.

Course Completion Requirements

Please note that the online lessons and the course survey are required to receive the course certificate.

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  • 2 Modules
  • 3 Activities
  • Course Certificate


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Hi, I’ve been traying to send Lesson 2 but the system dont answer me. Please, some body can help me.


It finally work…


Hello. Please, when will this course starts?


Hello @Franbraga
This is a self-paced course, which means that you can start and complete the course whenever you want. To start, simply press the button “enroll” on top of this page.


very nice


Hello Asheber! Thanks for commenting, we are glad to hear that you liked the course.