Nature reviews Peter Jones’s book
“Compelling” conclusions on governance of Marine Protected Areas
Nature for 20th March (Vol 507, p.305) includes a short review of Dr Peter Jones’s book, Governing Marine Protected Areas: Resilience through Diversity, published in late February.
MPAs, ocean zones limiting human activity, cover little more than 2% of the world's oceans, despite an internationally agreed target of 10% by 2020. Scientists have also found that thousands of those that do exist are little more than 'paper parks'.
In Nature, Barbara Kiser comments that, entering the “choppy waters” of MPA policy, Peter shows, through some 20 case studies, how and how not to govern them effectively.
He “compellingly concludes that a diversity of incentives, from economic to social, is as essential as the diversity of the ecosystems MPAs are designed to protect.”