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Nature questions effectiveness of marine protected areas

News feature and editorial draws on findings of UNEP report led by Peter Jones

Nature questions effectiveness of marine protected areas

The 7th December issue of Nature includes a news feature, with a linked editorial comment, which focuses on the international rush to designate marine protected areas (MPAs) and whether such sites are actually living up to their name.

 

Earlier this year, Dr Peter Jones (UCL Geography) and colleagues produced a report for UNEP analysing the governance of 20 MPAs, including those in iconic regions such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos. They found that none of them rated more than three out of five points for their effectiveness in meeting key objectives such as preserving biodiversity and fostering sustainable use of resources. The Nature discussion is based particularly on three case studies that the report argued were essentially ineffective.

 

Such MPA evaluations, comparing the effectiveness of different governance approaches in different geopolitical contexts, are very rare.

 

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