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Effective marine protected areas in the Caribbean

Nunes, G.E. (2015) Effective marine protected areas in the Caribbean. Master's Thesis / Essay, Biology.

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Abstract

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a popular tool used around the world in an attempt to protect and conserve ecosystems valuable to human well-being. Incentives can be created to protect ecological features by adding socio-economic value to the goods and services provided by ecosystems. It has recently been emerging that conservation efforts can be increased by having an ecosystem-based approach to protecting the environment, while also allowing the sustainable use of its resources. A basic assumption of the ecosystem-based approach to conservation is the notion that humans are also part of the ecosystem and need to be included in conservation plans concerning the use of MPAs. It is now possible to study design and management features which allow MPAs to have an increased level of ecological and socio-economic success, due to the large number of MPAs with highly variable design and management features being established in the last couple of decades. With the highest levels of biodiversity found on earth, countries throughout the Caribbean are also attempting to conserve their ecosystems for long-term sustainable use by forming regional networks of connected MPAs. Even though some Caribbean MPAs are having significant levels of success concerning the conservation of ecosystems and their associated goods and services, most of them do not. Caribbean nations are still a long ways from fully understanding how MPAs can be successfully implemented and run, and must cooperate with one another and keep drawing on lessons from the past in order to keep improving their understanding and use of MPAs.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:08
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:08
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/13344

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