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Mapping Moorea's Lagoons: Conflicts over Marine Protected Areas in French Polynesia

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Walker, Barbara Louise Endemano
Conference: Tradition and Globalisation: Critical Issues for the Accommodation of CPRs in the Pacific Region, the Inaugural Pacific Regional Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Conf. Date: September 2-4, 2001
Date: 2001
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1734
Sector: Fisheries
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): IASC
marine resources
protected areas
environmental degradation
political economy
decision making
Abstract: "This article examines the process of establishing a series of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the lagoon around Moorea, French Polynesia from 1998 to 2001. This case study is set within the context of tourism development resulting from the end of French nuclear testing and its concomitant incomes and social subsidies. Theoretically, I engage the approach of political ecology to explore the relationships between capitalist economic restructuring; environmental decision-making, and politics over lagoon knowledge and resources. My analysis raises questions about the objectivity of Geographic Information Systems and MPA science, as well as assumptions that local control and public participation are always effective in environmental decision-making."

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