Urban Protected Areas: Profiles and best practice guidelines was produced by InterEnvironment Institute for IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It includes profiles of 15 such areas in a dozen countries, and 30 guidelines on topics ranging from engendering a local sense of ownership and controlling invasive species -- to reducing impacts of artificial nighttime light and making urban protected areas national and global conservation priorities.
The 124-page illustrated book is freely available online:
Urban Protected Areas: Profiles and best practice guidelines. Ted Trzyna, in collaboration with Joseph T. Edmiston, Glen Hyman, Jeffrey A. McNeely, Pedro da Cunha e Menezes, Brett Myrdal, Adrian Phillips, and other members of the IUCN WCPA Urban Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 2014. 124 pages, illustrated. Number 22 in IUCN’s Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series. Limited print edition.
Urban Protected Areas (the book)