Human-induced environmental disturbance – through fishery activities, coastal development, tourism and pollution – is a major challenge to the restoration and conservation of marine biodiversity. Synthesizing the latest research into marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management, Marine Protected Areas: A Multidisciplinary Approach provides regional and global perspectives on the role of Marine Protected Areas: A Multidisciplinary Approach (MPAs) in confronting this challenge. The approach is multidisciplinary, covering all the fields involved in designating and assessing MPAs: ecology, fisheries science, statistics, economics, sociology and genetics.
Marine Protected Areas: A Multidisciplinary Approach is structured around key topics, including threats to marine ecosystems and resources, the effects and effectiveness of MPAs and the scaling-up of MPA systems. Both theoretical and empirical approaches are considered. Recognizing the diversity of MPA sciences, Marine Protected Areas: A Multidisciplinary Approach also includes one part designed specifically as a practical guide to implementing scientific assessment studies of MPAs and monitoring programs.
Part I. Threats on Marine Ecosystems and Resources
1. Transitioning from single-sector management of marine resources to ecosystem-based management: what can marine protected areas offer?
Part II. Effects of Marine Protected Areas
2. Ecological effects of marine protected areas: conservation, restoration and functioning
3. Effects of marine protected areas on adjacent fisheries: evidence from empirical studies
4. Economically optimal spatial and inter-temporal fishing patterns in a metapopulation
5. Social dynamics of scaling-up marine protected area declarations and management
Part III. Assessment of Marine Protected Area Effectiveness
6. Assessing effects of marine protected areas: confounding in space and possible solutions
7. Monitoring fisheries effects of marine protected areas: current approaches and the need for integrated assessments
8. Bioeconomic analysis of marine protected area fisheries effects
9. Assessing the impact of marine protected areas on society's well-being: an economic perspective
10. Constructing and validating indicators of marine protected area effectiveness
Part IV. Scale-up of Marine Protected Area Systems
11. The assessment of marine reserve networks: guidelines for ecological evaluation
12. Spacing a network of marine protected areas based on connectivity data
13. Effectiveness of the global network of marine protected areas
14. Conserving the largest habitat on earth: protected areas in the pelagic ocean
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Joachim Claudet is a researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Perpignan, France. An ecologist, he specializes in MPAs, environmental impact assessment studies and coastal management. He also teaches international workshops on MPAs.