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Governing marine protected areas

Special Issue of Marine Policy edited by Peter Jones, Wanfei Qiu and colleagues

Governing marine protected areas

Dr Peter Jones and Dr Wanfei Qiu (UCL Geography), with Canadian and Australian colleagues, have edited a special issue of Marine Policy (Volume 41),  Governing marine protected areas: social-ecological resilience through institutional diversity, based on a UNEP funded analysis of 20 marine protected area governance (MPAG) case studies around the world.

The overall discussion paper highlights how MPAs worldwide are facing increasing challenges to their governance. The MPAG project examined a range of incentives – economic, interpretative, knowledge, legal and participative –to address these challenges and promote their effectiveness across the globe. The paper argues that, regardless of the MPA governance approach adopted (i.e. government-led, decentralised, private or community-led), resilience in MPA governance systems derives from employing a diversity of inter-connected incentives, reinforced by legal provisions. The significance of such institutional diversity in governance systems parallels that of species diversity in ecosystems, conferring resilience to the overall social-ecological system.

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Marine Policy (Volume 41)

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