Marine protected area governance: Prospects for co-management in the European Mediterranean

  • Katie Hogg | katie.hogg@um.es Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain.
  • Pedro Noguera-Méndez Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain.
  • María Semitiel-García Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain.
  • María Giménez-Casalduero Departamento de Derecho Administrativo, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain.

Abstract

Marine protected areas (MPAs) raise serious challenges in terms of their governance. By applying a participatory approach co-management can help in overcoming many of the deficiencies of top-down management processes. Yet, despite benefits of co-management, it is still found to be the exception in the Mediterranean. This paper provides a review of co-management and the prospects for decentralisation in the European Mediterranean. The role of social capital (SC) in co-management is discussed and a framework for SC and participation to attain effective co-management is proposed.

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2013-11-20
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marine protected areas, co-management, participation, social capital, governance
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Hogg, K., Noguera-Méndez, P., Semitiel-García, M., & Giménez-Casalduero, M. (2013). Marine protected area governance: Prospects for co-management in the European Mediterranean. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 4(2), 241-259. https://doi.org/10.4081/aiol.2013.5346