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Our new paper is now available! We explore how COVID-19 has changed the way Protected Areas impact local communities. We analyse over 700 structured questionnaires which were distributed in Snowdonia National Park (Wales) during the first lockdown (March 2020). Our research shows that lower visitor numbers during lockdown were seen in a broadly positive way by a large part of the community while benefit sharing issues from tourism also emerged. With the upcoming lifting of lockdown restrictions, respondents were also asked what would be their most preferred tools to manage overcrowding in case of a surge of visitors in the area. The most popular option was restricting access to certain paths, the development of mobile applications to alert people to over- crowding and reporting irresponsible behavior. We hope our findings are useful for PA managers and local communities currently developing post-COVID-19 recovery strategies.

            The paper is available to download via this link:  




Recent publications and reports

Nikoleta Jones, James McGinlay, Angela Jones et al. (2021) COVID-19 and protected areas: Impacts, conflicts and possible management solutions, Conservation Letters, e12800


Vassilis Gkoumas, James McGinlay, Andreas Kontoleon, Nikoleta Jones (2021) National Park of East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece: Exploring local perceptions of the National Park and its social impacts. Fidelio report no. 4  


James McGinlay, Vassilis Gkoumas, Jens Holtvoeth et al. (2020) The Impact of COVID-19 on the management of European Protected Areas and Policy Implications, Forests, 11 (11) 1214


Jens Holtvoeth, Nikoleta Jones (2020) Eifel National Park: Exploring views of local residents on the National Park and the impact of COVID-19. Fidelio report no. 3


Jones N., Graziano M., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. (2020) Social impacts of European Protected Areas and policy recommendations. Environmental Science and Policy, 112, 134-140


Jones N., Malesios C., Kantargis A., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. (2020) The role of location and social impacts of Protected Areas on subjective wellbeing. Environmental Research Letters, In press


Jones N., McGinlay J. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on local communities of Peak District National Park and management options during the pandemic. Fidelio Report no. 2