Common Priorities for Managing Marine Protected Areas: Results from an International Seminar

by Michele H. Lemay,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


In 1986, representatives from 22 countries participated in the International Marine Protected Area Management Seminar. The Seminar provided an opportunity to identify and discuss major concerns for national programs committed to not only the designation of marine protected areas but also the effective on-site management of marine resources. The paper examines the common priorities for management that were identified during the course of the Seminar and have since been incorporated into an Action Plan. These common priorities relate to: 1) management-oriented education; 2) the role of tradition, customs and culture in marine conservation; 3) submerged cultural resources; 4) sustainable and multiple use; 5) management-oriented research; 6) the economics of marine protected areas; and 7) the need for an international network. The paper highlights the practical suggestions for the effective management of marine protected areas contained in the Action Plan. Examples from various countries illustrate the influence of social and economic context on these priorities.

Subject Headings: Training | Economic factors | Coastal management | Submerging | Sustainable development | Social factors | Environmental issues | Resource management

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