New Publication in Marine Policy
Horta e Costa, B., Claudet, J., Franco, G., Erzini, K., Caro, A., and E.J. Gonçalves. 2016. A regulation-based classification system for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Marine Policy 72 (2016) 192-198.
Coastal areas around the world are some of the most heavily impacted natural areas on the planet. With growing populations and increased demand for space and natural resources, we are now, more than ever, in need of innovative solutions to protect these vital coastal areas. Recent studies have shown that Partially Protected Areas (PPAs), or areas which allow for multiple uses, can actually increase the social and ecological resilience of coastal systems. This is in contrast to Fully Protected Areas (FPAs) which are a much more restrictive management regime.
The BUFFER Project’s main objective is to identify the drivers of resilience in PPAs. To identify these drivers, we will conduct a range of case studies focused on marine and freshwater PPAs across Europe, spanning different ecological systems and various socio-cultural contexts. Our range of case studies, and the questions we will seek to answer, will ensure that the outcomes of this study are general, robust, and widely applicable to a broad range of people, places and contexts. For decision makers, we hope they will have confidence that what we learn through BUFFER will be of benefit and use for their particular situation.
Ultimately, we hope to identify and integrate drivers of socio-ecological resilience, and that these drivers will become helpful tools for decision makers as they design and implement management frameworks and policies for PPAs across the many coastal areas of Europe.
Source de Financement: ANR