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Managing Marine Protected Areas in Remote Areas: The Case of the Subantarctic Heard and McDonald Islands

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly seen as a strategy to contribute to achieving to global marine conservation targets. MPA management, however, seeks to govern human interactions with their marine environment, which is a very challenging task. Management challenges complicate further in case of large, remote MPAs. At the same time, size and remoteness of an MPA alone do not guarantee positive conversation outcomes and management tools like environmental monitoring and enforcement are critical in achieving marine conservation targets.

Aligning marine spatial conservation priorities with functional connectivity across maritime jurisdictions

Marine governance and the management of its resources are based on boundaries to which marine species and ecosystems are not limited. As the pressure on marine life due to human activities increases, resilience could be supported through well-designed networks of marine reserves across exclusive economic zones (EEZ). Even though more marine reserves are being established within these EEZ, connecting networks of marine reserves and other mechanisms allowing the protection of the oceans beyond national jurisdictions are still insufficient.

Assessing the Effect of Marine Reserves on Household Food Security in Kenyan Coral Reef Fishing Communities

Measuring the success or failure of natural resource management is a key challenge to evaluate the impact of conservation for ecological, economic and social outcomes. Marine reserves are a popular tool for managing coastal ecosystems and resources yet surprisingly few studies have quantified the socialeconomic impacts of marine reserves on food security despite the critical importance of this outcome for fisheries management in developing countries.

The Creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area: A Fisheries Perspective

This article takes the perspectives of the fishermen that were affected by the establishment of the no-take MPA in the Chagos Archipelago in 2010. These fishermen felt like there was not enough evidence for a no-take zone that endangered their primary livelihood and had major socio-economic influences. The article states that the lack of engaging stakeholders in the MPA process resulted in conflicts that ended in court.

Blue Ventures Conservation - Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2015

In this video, the Skoll Foundation visits Alasdair Harris of Blue Ventures in Madagascar, where he is building sustainable coastal communities. This video debuted on the big screen at the 2015 Skoll Awards Ceremony, April 16, 2015, before Alasdair went on stage to receive his award from Skoll Foundation Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and President and CEO Sally Osberg.Ten years ago, in a coastal village in Madagascar, Alasdair tested an elegantly simple model that put Blue Ventures on the map.