Promise and problems for estimating management costs of marine protected areas

Ban, Natalie C., Adams, Vanessa, Pressey, Robert L., and Hicks, John (2011) Promise and problems for estimating management costs of marine protected areas. Conservation Letters, 4 (3). pp. 241-252.

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Abstract

Management costs are rarely taken into account in marine protected area (MPA) design. We estimate the management costs of two different protection scenarios within a large proposed MPA, the Coral Sea in Australia. We use three methods to estimate costs: an existing model of global MPA management costs; a new statistical model based on Australian MPA management costs; and expert estimates that extrapolate from the adjacent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Both the new statistical model and expert estimates were relevant to both protection scenarios and indicate that a single large no-take reserve is less expensive to manage than a multiple-use MPA of the same area with a 30% no-take component. Expenses associated with compliance drive the difference in management cost between scenarios. Estimating management costs of MPA scenarios adds an important, though still challenging, financial perspective to MPA design.

Item ID: 18041
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: marine protected areas; management costs; marine conservation; Great Barrier Reef; pelagic MPA; Coral Sea
ISSN: 1755-263X
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2011 00:05
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments @ 100%
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