The Economic Benefits of Marine Protected Areas
The European Union moved from conserving 6 per cent in 2012 to 10.8 per cent in 2017, already fulfilling the goal of SDG 14 to protect by 2020 10 per cent of the world’s coastal and marine areas. Although the implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs) remains a challenge there are good reasons to proceed. Besides its crucial contribution to biodiversity conservation and species protection, marine protected areas can generate unexpected but tangible economic benefits. A recent study of DG Mare highlighted the anecdotal evidence of blue business opportunities around MPAs in the fields of fisheries, environmental services and tourism.
The objective of the conference is to discuss the challenges of how to enforce, to fund, and to govern an MPA and to really make it work for itself and for the community.