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Marine Protected Areas and MPA Networks - Synthesis (2006)

Marine protected areas are coastal or offshore marine areas managed to protect the natural and/or cultural resources of a particular place. MPA networks, a more recent development, are systems of MPAs designed to increase protection to a geographic area. There can me numerous goals of MPAs, though they are mainly related to conservation (e.g., biodiversity conservation, protection of a rare species), or sustainability (e.g., fisheries management, recreation). This module introduces MPAs, including the costs and benefits, relations to biodiversity and fisheries management, and their design and implementation, with a look towards how MPAs can be more effective in the future.

27 Aug 2018

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Marine Protected Areas and MPA Networks - Synthesis (2006).docx