The benefits of marine protected areas – technical paper
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.
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