Evaluating marine protected areas management: A new modelling approach

J. Alder, U.R. Sumaila, T. J. Pitcher, D. Zeller

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An assumption underlying the growing support for Marine Protected Areas (MPA) is that they meet conservation goals and provide economic benefits to fisheries and ecotourism. However, continued support for MPAs will be at risk if managers cannot assess whether multidisciplinary objectives are being fulfilled. Current approaches to MPA management emphasise the need to evaluate performance criteria; however, there is little consensus on criteria and their evaluation.

We propose a Marine Protected Area Evaluation Model (MPAEM), based on a multidisciplinary non-metric approach used to assess the sustainability of fisheries (Rapfish). The application of MPAEM was explored in a pilot study of 20 MPAs located throughout the world. Results indicate that MPAEM can be used to evaluate MPA management effectiveness. However, further development of the attributes used, ways to engage various user groups and options for easier access to the analytical software should be explored before MPAEM can become part of the day-to-day management of MPAs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEconomics of marine protected areas: Papers, discussions and issues: a conference held at the UBC Fisheries Centre, July 2000
EditorsU. R. Sumaila, J. Alder
Place of PublicationVancouver
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFisheries Centre Research Reports


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