Co-operation between large-scale MPAs: successful experiences from the Pacific Ocean
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Co-operation between large-scale MPAs: successful experiences from the Pacific Ocean

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  • Journal Title:
    Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
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    1. Nations have recently committed to protecting 20-30% of the ocean at various global summits; however, marine protected areas currently cover <3% of the ocean. Large-scale marine protected areas (LSMPAs, >100 000 km(2)) are a new concept in global marine conservation that offer real hope in achieving global conservation targets. 2. Many of the existing LSMPAs are remote islands in the Pacific that share common natural history, threats, culture, as well as scientific and management needs. 3. As a result of their common ancestry, many Pacific cultures have a long history of collaboration, including sharing resources, information and expertise to ensure the long-term sustainability of their resources. 4. Management, governance and research capacity limitations are magnified in LSMPAs, therefore highlighting the need to return to these prior forms of collaboration to achieve conservation objectives. 5. Several LSMPAs in the Pacific have collaborated to achieve their management and scientific goals, including documented collaborations among the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, the Motu Motiru Hiva Marine Park, the Natural Park of the Coral Sea, and the Cook Islands Marine Park. 6. Collaborations among LSMPAs in the Pacific include bilateral agreements, learning exchanges, as well as research, monitoring and enforcement activities. By working together, Pacific LSMPAs have been able to overcome some of the management and scientific challenges associated with conserving vast areas of the oceans. Copyright (C) 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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    Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26, 126-141.
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