[Coral-List] Chagos Marine Protected Area - Fortress conservation at sea: a commentary on the Chagos marine protected area.
RichardPDunne at aol.com
Fri Sep 17 08:46:22 EDT 2010
My attention has been drawn to a new paper which is shortly to appear in
the journal 'Marine Policy'.
Fortress conservation at sea: a commentary on the Chagos marine
De Santo EM, Jones PJS, Miller AMM
Marine Policy (in press)
The world’s largest no-take Marine Protected Area in Chagos is examined
in light of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s provisions on
Access and Benefit Sharing, as well as terrestrial experiences with
fortress conservation. It is acknowledged that this closure presents a
unique opportunity to preserve an ecologically ‘pristine’ area. However,
the means by which the political process unfolded are brought into
question. In particular, the fact that the UK proceeded with designating
the area whilst the European Court of Human Rights was deliberating the
right of native Chagossians to return to the island is questioned. In
addition it is argued that the scale of the area poses significant
management and enforcement challenges, which are not necessarily taken
into consideration in the rush for large, no-take Marine Protected Areas.
A pre-publication copy is freely available to download from
Richard P Dunne
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