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About PAPR

The 5-year project will focus on research that is conducted within a comparative framework that fosters collaborative learning between the three countries.  PAPR supports four streams of comparative research, asking the following questions:

1) How do we maximize the delivery of equitable benefits from PAs to local communities?

2) How do we best manage human interactions with wildlife in and around PAs?  This is an examination of how visitors to PAs interact with wildlife, and how those interactions contribute to the overall visitor experience and, by extension, tourism revenues. This will determine how and when visitor – wildlife interactions lead to dangerous visitor experiences, impacts on tourism revenue, and negative impacts on wildlife as well as how human-wildlife interactions can be a positive experience for the visitors, community, and PA. 

3) How do we re-conceptualize and improve the governance of protected areas?

4) How can we best mobilize knowledge between academic researchers, community organizations, visitors and managers ?  Emphasis will be placed on exploring innovative ways to integrate, move and use the knowledge acquired from research in effective, culturally relevant ways.

For current information on research activities, please go to PAPR's independent website.



This project has been funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):