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Marine protected areas need accountability not wasted dollars


Edgar, GJ, Marine protected areas need accountability not wasted dollars, Aquatic Conservation, 27 pp. 4-9. ISSN 1099-0755 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/aqc.2745


In this era of fiscal constraint following the global financial crisis, marine protected areas (MPAs) occupy a remarkable position in the economic landscape. Few government authorities seem concerned about the prevalence of white elephants illusionary MPAs that carry a financial cost. Whereas no government minister would consider developing a health system based solely on number of hospital beds (irrespective of whether all hospitals are concentrated within a single city, or occupants of beds have access to medical staff, or patients are living or dying), MPAs are largely assessed on a single numerical target (total area). Inconsistent self-identification adds an extra level of opaqueness. The net consequence is an unaccountable and under-performing system, an outcome that is both tragic and economically wasteful.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:marine protected area, marine reserve, marine conservation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas
Objective Field:Protected Conservation Areas in Marine Environments
Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
ID Code:120483
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP150100761)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-08-25
Last Modified:2017-08-29

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