Buffer Areas

Buffer areas surround or abut core protected areas. The activities that take place in buffer areas depend largely upon local circumstances and national or international legislation. Buffer areas may be privately owned or owned by governments, and in some cases, ownership is a combination of the two. Buffer areas, like the core zone, may be otherwise recognized through international treaties. The level of protection may, however, be less in the buffer area than in the core zone. Buffer areas may also be referred to as buffer zones or managed-use areas.

If the core zone's purpose is to protect the environment through restricting human use of the area, more wide-ranging activities may occur in the buffer area. These activities need to be of low impact upon the ...

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