Marine Protected Areas

Economics, Management and Effective Policy Mixes

Intense exploitation of our oceans and seas is degrading marine biodiversity and ecosystems at an alarming rate. This report presents good practice insights for effectively managing marine protected areas (MPAs), one of the policy instruments available for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity and ecosystems. While global coverage of MPAs has been increasing over the past two decades, further efforts are required to meet the target under the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure they are effective. Drawing on the literature and numerous examples from developed and developing countries, this book highlights how the environmental and cost effectiveness of MPAs can be enhanced. It covers issues including the benefits and costs of MPAs, the need for more strategic siting of MPAs, monitoring and compliance, sustainable finance for MPAs, and the need to embed these in a wider policy mix so as to address the multiple pressures on marine ecosystems.

Published on June 05, 2017


Foreword and acknowledgements
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Marine biodiversity, the role of marine protected areas and good practice insights
The benefits and costs of marine protected areas
Effective design and management of marine protected areas
Sustainable financing of marine protected areas
Effective policy mixes for marine biodiversity
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