Parks and protected areas in the 21st century face a wide array of social, ecological and economic challenges. To meet these challenges, parks, whether local, national or global, must be thought of as part of a complex system and be managed from an interdisciplinary perspective.
We provide research, education/training, and outreach to meet these challenges and enhance park and protected area management by:
- providing research to inform more effective and efficient management decisions;
- increasing individual and institutional capacity through transformative leadership education and training programs;
- connecting the global park community and delivering just-in-time knowledge through an innovative Internet network — The Open Parks Network; and
- promoting the relevance of parks and protected areas to a rapidly changing, multicultural, global society.