Australian Marine Parks

5th IUCN World Parks Congress technical paper, 2003.


About this document

This document was prepared for discussion as a component of the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress - Marine Theme held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2003.

The document discusses issues such as:

  • why do we need Marine Protected Areas?
  • what are the benefits of preserving biodiversity and ecosystem processes?
  • the benefits that Marine Protected Areas bring to fisheries and tourism
  • the importance of Marine Protected Areas for education, training, heritage, culture and research.

A number of case studies are included in the document to demonstrate the benefits of Marine Protected Areas.

A hard copy publication titled: The Benefits of Marine Protected Areas, was also produced for the World Parks Congress which summarises the issues described in this document.