Challenges for effective and sustainable co-managed Marine Protected Areas: a case study from the Comoros Islands

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Co-managed MPAs must strike a difficult balance between development and conservation objectives and although terrestrial co-management initiatives for parks and reserves have been extensively studied, few evaluations have been conducted of co-managed MPAs. Mohéli Marine Park was the first MPA to be established in the Comoros in 2001. Initially regarded as a model for co-management of marine resources, the MPA is now operating at a vastly reduced capacity following an end to external funding sources. This study assessed current perceptions of local stakeholders of the MPA to evaluate the successes and challenges of the co-management approach.

Collection/Topic
Conservation Management
Sector
Protected Areas
Region
Africa
Country
Comoros
Year Published
2008