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Promise and problems for estimating management costs of marine protected areas


Ban, NC and Adams, V and Pressey, RL and Hicks, J, Promise and problems for estimating management costs of marine protected areas, Conservation Letters, 4, (3) pp. 241-252. ISSN 1755-263X (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2011.00171.x


Management costs are rarely taken into account in marine protected area (MPA) design. We estimate the management costs of two different protection scenarios within a large proposed MPA, the Coral Sea in Australia. We use three methods to estimate costs: an existing model of global MPA management costs; a new statistical model based on Australian MPA management costs; and expert estimates that extrapolate from the adjacent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Both the new statistical model and expert estimates were relevant to both protection scenarios and indicate that a single large no-take reserve is less expensive to manage than a multiple-use MPA of the same area with a 30% no-take component. Expenses associated with compliance drive the difference in management cost between scenarios. Estimating management costs of MPA scenarios adds an important, though still challenging, financial perspective to MPA design.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine protected areas, management costs, marine conservation, Great Barrier Reef, pelagic MPA, Coral Sea
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Adams, V (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:127218
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:48
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-07-18
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