Marine Protected Areas : understanding how levels of protection mediate the flow of marine ecosystem services

Marine Protected Areas : understanding how levels of protection mediate the flow of marine ecosystem services

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
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Dates / Project duration

May 2014 - April 2017 / 3 years

Field of action :

Developpment of marine protected areas

Branch :

Monaco

Location :

United Kingdom

Project sponsor(s) :

Marine Institute Plymouth University

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© Sarah Miles

The seas and oceans are increasingly subjected to multiple human pressures which results in significant degradation to marine ecosystems, loss of biodiversity, decreased fish stocks, as well as pollution.

Marine Protected Areas are an effective management tool to stop the global decline of marine biodiversity and fish stocks. The aim of these MPAs is to conserve habitats and species by managing human activities.

To this end, the following phases have been identified:

- Examination of protection levels according to the various names given to Marine Protected Areas in the United Kingdom

- Assessment of the way in which the various levels of protection govern flows of ecosystem services

- Analysis of the relationships and interdependence of ecosystem services

- Determination of the benefits generated by Marine Protected Areas.

- Study of the supply of ecosystem services at the Marine Protected Area network level.