Protected areaProtected Areas
are locations which need and / or receive protection because of their environmental, cultural or similar value.
A Protected Area as defined by the World Conservation Union
(IUCN) is An area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means. National parks
are probably the best-known Protected Areas, but there are many other categories.