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Legal frameworks for MPA enforcement in the Caribbean : challenges and opportunities
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    "In 2012, with support from NOAA s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) organized the first regional peer-to-peer workshop on 'Building Compliance and Enhancing Enforcement for Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean', hosted by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and facilitated by MPA Enforcement International. Twenty-two MPA managers from fourteen countries and territories attended. In the course of the workshop, the participating MPA managers identified a common need to better understand best practices in MPA legislation. They expressed an interest in comparing MPA legislation across the Caribbean and in promoting the adoption of successful legislative techniques in their home countries so as to help achieve a more uniform approach to MPA enforcement throughout the region. This report seeks to address this need and to inform future efforts by Caribbean MPA managers and policy-makers to strengthen MPA enforcement...This study reviews MPA laws in these nations based on the types of regulated activities allowed in MPAs and the enforcement authorities they include. Based on this country-by-country legal review, the study preliminarily identifies similarities and differences among enforcement authorities in the region and highlights model approaches that may assist enforcement reform in this area. This report provides a foundation to enable regional approaches to MPA enforcement in the Caribbean. Specifically, this study can facilitate more detailed comparisons among MPA enforcement authorities in the region and can serve as a foundation for or recommendations for reform of enforcement authorities in nations included in this report"--Introduction.

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