MCS publishes new research on making Marine Protected Areas more effective

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 11 November 2014

MCS publishes new research on making Marine Protected Areas more effective MCS’s marine protection expert, Dr Jean-Luc Solandt has collaborated with international scientists to publish research, using evidence from around the world, on how to make Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) work more effectively.

MCS publishes new research on making Marine Protected Areas more effective MCS’s marine protection expert, Dr Jean-Luc Solandt has collaborated with international scientists to publish research, using evidence from around the world, on how to make Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) work more effectively. The research paper was launched today (13th November2014) at the The IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, a landmark global forum on protected areas. The research document, ‘Governance challenges in scaling up from individual MPAs to MPA networks’ is the result of a MCS-organised workshop at the International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseille last year, which involved academics and MPA practitioners from around the world. The aim was to collect global experiences on small individual MPAs, and compare those to the development of large-scale networks of MPAs on both national and international scales - and to see what seems to works best. The workshop saw contributions from indigenous whaling communities of the Arctic, small-scale reef fisheries of the South Pacific, practical application of national laws from Australia and England, and the delivery of community based MPAs in West Africa. Dr Solandt says: “We learned - primarily - that local initiatives should be supported, but that at times, state-level interventions are necessary in order to ensure that national MPA networks will work for biodiversity and society.” The research is launched today at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, and is free to download at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aqc.v24.S2/issuetoc.

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