The IUCN Summit on Protected Area Management Categories was held in Almeria, Spain in May 2007. It aimed to test the opinions of key thinkers and policy makers regarding the revision of guidelines to interpretation of the six IUCN protected area categories. The meeting was generously supported by the Junta de Andalusia, the Spanish Ministry of Environment and the foundation Biodiversidad. The meeting operated through plenary sessions and a series of specialised workshops, with many presentations and time for detailed discussion. There were two field trips, midway through the meeting and at the end. More than a hundred people attended from over fifty countries around of the world.
The summit reached either consensus or overwhelming majority support on several key points; workshops agreed on other issues without dissent in plenary. While the summit was not a decision-making forum, which is the role of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Steering Committee, it did give IUCN a clear mandate to incorporate the conclusions in the draft IUCN protected area guidelines for further discussion. This has now been done and the main conclusions have so far been supported by IUCN members. The proceedings outlines the main outputs and a summary
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