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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844076636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844076635
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2 x 23.6 cm
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"There are many books on how to design and create marine protected areas (MPAs), so vital for ocean conservation, but few on how to make them successful. This book plugs that crucial gap, distilling experience from across the world into sound and creative advice." – Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation, University of York, UK. 

"The issue of governance is addressed in this book in a novel and important way. Through the lens of his review of a large number of MPA case studies, Jones makes the case for diversity and complexity in the governance of MPAs, which are themselves ecologically diverse and complex. This is a signal achievement which should greatly advance both policy and practice." – Bonnie J. McCay, Distinguished Professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, USA. 

"There is a lot of scattered information about the value of MPAs, but we need a book that makes sense of all this information, informs us on how to make the best of the MPAs we have, and reviews why we need more. Dr. Jones’ is that book." – Daniel Pauly, Professor of Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Canada. 

"MPAs are mystifyingly prone to failure. Using a robust case study analysis approach, Jones clearly demonstrates a broad variety of ways to achieve management-to-scale via different governance arrangements, in order to harness the significant potential of MPAs in achieving conservation and sustainable use objectives." Tundi Agardy, Executive Director, Sound Seas, Author of Ocean Zoning: Making Marine Management More Effective (Earthscan, 2010). 

"This book addresses the challenges of implementing and effectively managing MPAs for narrower habitat protection. It also places MPAs in the broader context in terms of both governance and ecological theories. These issues are addressed in a novel, thorough and trans-disciplinary way. This is an important contribution to the field of marine conservation and natural resource management." – Richard Kenchington, Professor, Ecosystem and Resource Management, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, Australia.  

"Peter Jones examines a very timely topic: governing marine MPAs within nations’ waters. He sees the big picture and the diversity of details that governments and stakeholders need to shape if MPAs are to benefit biodiversity and people. Read this book!" – Elliott Norse, Founder and Chief Scientist, Marine Conservation Institute, Seattle, USA. 

"Here is a book that deals with governance of a natural system for purposes of resilience. It is really worth reading!" C.S. Holling, Arthur R. Marshall Jr. Chair in Ecological Sciences, Department of Zoology, University of Florida, USA.

"Marine Protected Areas, or MPAs ― ocean zones limiting human activity ― cover little more than 2% of the world’s oceans, despite an internationally agreed target of 10% by 2020. And thousands of those that do exist are little more than ‘paper parks’, many scientists have found. Entering these choppy waters is geographer Peter Jones, who shows, through some 20 case studies, how and how not to govern MPAs effectively. Jones compellingly concludes that a diversity of incentives, from economic to social, is as essential as the diversity of the ecosystems MPAs are designed to protect." - Nature, 20 March 2014

"The book draws upon an interesting range of examples from around the globe and it could attract a wide readership from amongst those interested in the management of marine protected areas from the perspective of national law."The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, James Harrison, University of Edinburgh

About the Author

Peter Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, University College London (UCL). He has spent more than 20 years undertaking interdisciplinary and applied research on the governance of human uses of marine resources, particularly in relation to marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine spatial planning (MSP). He has provided advice to many national and international organisations on MPA and MSP issues, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Commission and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He is also a Ministerial Appointee to the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority. He enjoys life by the sea near Brighton with his wife and two children.

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Understanding People and Environment - Governing Marine Protected Areas – A Review

Governing Marine Protected Areas – Resilience through Diversity
By Peter J.S. Jones Earthscan from Routledge

This book does the rare thing of putting the social into the socio-ecology of protected areas and provides valuable insights into natural resource management in general.

You only need to look at the glowing cover endorsements from the likes of Pauly, Norse and Roberts to know that this book hits the mark. It is excellent. It is clearly structured, includes several mines of information with numerous references and gets to the point about important lessons for the governance of MPAs. The book presents a closely argued, finely honed and coherent thesis from beginning to end and yet it in its succinct, and fully referenced discussion of individual topics .It provides an important reference source to many key and topical marine conservation issues.

The first four chapters – an introduction to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – the objectives and categories of MPAs – On values, priorities and differences between marine and terrestrial ecosystems – set the backdrop to the book. For anyone interested in marine conservation in general this is a systematic , clearly structured and well referenced review of many of the key topics and issues including points of contention between scientists.

People are the big challenge with marine conservation and environmental issues in general. The author elaborates the academic – sociological – backdrop to governance in chapter four. This chapter is a challenge but it is very important.
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For anyone interested in marine protected area governance and management, this book provides a comprehensive and coherent ‘step-by-step’ guide to resource governance.

I used this book as a theoretical and empirical base to conduct a governance analysis on a Marine Protected Area in Jamaica for my Masters thesis. The beginning chapters outline MPA objectives and categories which provided an extremely useful reference to assess the structure and approach (top down, bottom up, co-management etc.) of my case study MPA. The following chapters on the empirical framework for analysing MPA Governance which drew upon 20 case studies undertaken as part of the MPAG project, provides real-world examples across a range of socio-economic contexts, governance approaches and objectives. This part was especially useful when analysing the effectiveness of the MPA in meeting objectives as it clearly describes topics (context, objectives, drivers/conflicts, governance framework/approach, effectiveness, incentives and cross cutting issues) to address in order to holistically assess the governance approach.

A thorough description of the case studies provided a valuable resource which I used to compare and contrast the Jamaican case study with the objectives, categories and approaches of other MPAG studies from around the world. The variety of MPA management mechanisms, from participative to legal to economic, which can be used to achieve conservation and sustainable use objectives is highlighted throughout. I found the list of 36 incentives in Chapter 7 critical to assess which incentives were used and which are needed to improve the effectiveness of my own case study.
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