ID 6523
Submitting Entity Resources for the Future
Submitted for Seventh Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 7)
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Title Marine Protected Areas: Economic and Social Implications
Description This paper is a guide for citizens, scientists, resource managers, and policy makers, who 
are interested in understanding the economic and social value of marine protected areas (MPAs). The authors discuss the potential benefits and costs associated with MPAs as a means of illustrating the economic and social tradeoffs inherent in implementation decisions. In general, the effectiveness of a protected area depends on a complex set of interactions between biological, economic, and institutional factors. While MPAs might provide protection for critical habitats and cultural heritage sites and, in some cases, conserve biodiversity, as a tool to enhance fishery management their impact is less certain. The uncertainty stems from the fact that MPAs only treat the symptoms and not the fundamental causes of overfishing and waste in fisheries.
Web Link /doc/case-studies/inc/cs-inc-rf-04-en.pdf
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Authors James N. Sanchirico, Kathryn A. Cochran, and Peter M. Emerson
Source Resources for the Future (2002).
Ecosystems Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
Regions Global
Incentive Measures Indirect Incentives (property rights, market creation)
Regulations / Access Restrictions
Keywords Ecosystem approach
Parks and reserves