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A Policy-enabling framework for the ex-ante evaluation of marine protected areas

R Quentin Grafton, Sonia Akter, Tom Kompas

OCEAN & COASTAL MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

A marine protected area (MPA) potentially generates a wide range of consumptive use, non-consumptive use and non-use values that include: critical habitat protection, conservation of marine biodiversity, recovery of threatened and endangered marine species, increased recreational benefits and increased biomass of harvested marine species. To help assess whether such values exceed the potential costs of MPAs, this paper provides a policy-enabling framework that reviews the existing theoretical and practical instruments and approaches that can be used in the ex-ante evaluation of MPAs. This framework is in three parts. First, a range of alternative monetary and non-monetary techniques to estim..

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We thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments that have greatly improved the paper. Dr. Pieter van Beukering's assistance in providing us with some of the reports cited in this paper is gratefully acknowledged. Partial funding for this work was provided by the Australian Research Council and the Commonwealth Environmental Research Facility.