The Business of Parks and Protected Areas
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While parks and protected areas are generally viewed as public goods–there for the enjoyment of all–many agencies require revenue to fund the programs and services that bring people to nature in the first place. 

Business in parks and protected areas may be embedded within an organization in the form of campground fees or permits, delivered indirectly by contract facility operators or partners, or an agency may simply issue business licences to third parties, such as those connected with the Outdoor Council of Canada or inspired by the Indigenomics Institute. Regardless of the delivery, parks and protected areas have an opportunity to model sustainable revenue-generation and potentially become economic engines for local economies.  

As respected public organizations, parks and protected areas can influence society’s shift toward sustainability and a “nature-positive economy”, as called for in the IUCN World Conservation Congress Marseille Manifesto.

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