Research title
Does Education make a difference in Biodiversity Conservation? Long-term impact evaluation in Protected Areas. Case Studies from Finland and Madagascar.

Research timeline
1.1.2018 - 1.12.2000

conservation, Education, human-wildlife conflict, local environmental knowledge, long-term impact evaluation, protected areas



University of Helsinki

Type of project
PhD dissertation

Funding instrument

Head of research
Aina Brias Guinart

Research team
Dr. Mar Cabeza, Dr. Aili Pyhälä

Contact information
Aina Brias Guinart

Record last updated

Research summary

The main aim of this interdisciplinary research project is to enhance the understanding on the long-term impacts and effectiveness of Educational Programmes implemented in Natural Protected Areas as a biodiversity conservation strategy - including impacts on Local Environmental Knowledge. To do so, particular Educational Programmes implemented in Protected Areas in Finland and Madagascar have been selected as case studies context, providing a socio-ecological system approach, including human-wildlife conflicts, and also local community participation and LEK integration possibilities.


The objectives of this research project are to a) determine the state of art of EPs as biodiversity conservation tools in PAs; b) evaluate the long-term impacts of Educational Programs in terms of biodiversity conservation effectiveness in Protected Areas; and c) analyse the extent, process, and impacts of LEK incorporation into the design and planning of Educational Programs in Protected Areas.