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Marine Protected Areas as Management Measures:T Ools or Toys?

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In recent years there has been growing interest in and promotion of marine protected areas (MPAs) for both biodiversity conservation and as a tool in fisheries management. This is reflected in, for example, targets set by the World Summit on Sustainable Development Plan of Implementation (WSSD) (2002) and the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress in 2003. The simple logic behind MPAs is straightforward and is supported by evidence from the crucial contribution of protected areas to terrestrial conservation. This chapter provides an overview of some of the background to this particular goal and considers, both within the context of the WSSD Plan and beyond, what roles MPAs are likely to be able to play in fisheries management, while also taking into account their potential contribution to biodiversity conservation.

Keywords: biodiversity conservation; fisheries management; Marine Protected Areas (MPAs); Vth IUCN World Parks Congress; WSSD



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