Daniela Russi, Institute for European Environmental Policy

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are key conservation tools to protect ecosystems, habitats and species. However, they may face local opposition due to concerns about possible negative economic impacts on, for instance, local fishermen and tourist operators. Demonstrating examples of and ways in which MPAs may support and even generate local socio-economic benefits may help increase public acceptance, long-term buy-in and ultimately compliance.

The session aims at gathering insights on whether, and if so how, MPAs can provide socio-economic benefits to local stakeholders whilst ensuring the integrity of conservation measures. It will consist of a panel discussion with speakers with on-the-ground expedience of MPAs, reflecting on key elements that can explain success stories in the UK and abroad. The panel, in dialogue with the audience, will also explore the replicability of these factors and the conditions under which they might succeed. This will include a wider discussion about the role that exchange of best practices can play in MPA management and governance with regard to optimising both local economic effects and achieving site conservation objectives.

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  • Introduction by Mia Pantzar and Daniela Russi, Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • Robert Clark, Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
  • Caroline Hattam, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

This session is scheduled for Day 2, 22 May 2019, 1pm-2.30pm.

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