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Ecological Effects of Marine Managed Areas
Scientists used a network of interdisciplinary studies to investigate the
ecological effects of marine managed areas (MMAs) dispersed widely
across the tropics. The results indicate that rigorously enforced MMAs
can be an effective management tool to reduce
overuse of natural resources and conflicts among different uses of the ocean. In addition, MMAs can provide important
data for adaptive management of marine
resources. This four-page policy brief draws from the Living with the Sea report.
Economic Incentives Motivate Human Behavior Change (PDF, 0.9 MB)
This four-page policy brief summarizes a guidebook on economic incentives and outlines how to design an incentive approach.
Bridging the Gap Between Human Culture and Conservation (PDF, 1.0 MB)
This four-page policy brief discusses the mutual dependence of humans on their surrounding environment, and the role of cultural beliefs and behaviors as the mediating force between the two.
Targeted Research and Monitoring Programs for Enhanced Management of the Seas of East and Southeast Asia (PDF, 0.8 MB)
This eight-page policy brief provides
information on the current socioeconomic and environmental
status of specific areas in the region. Also included are possible
actions to be considered by policymakers and managers.
Lessons on Connectivity and Conservation in Coral Reef Habitats: A Summary from the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (PDF, 0.3 MB)
This four-page policy brief summarizes key findings with particular relevance to conservation and management of coral reefs. The findings center around four main lessons: (1) larval recruitment occurs on a smaller scale than previously thought, (2) inter-archipelagic connectivity is limited, (3) oceanographic models can help managers assess reserve design options, and (4) ecological monitoring and genetic connectivity studies need to join forces to effectively characterize population dynamics.