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Marine Protected Areas and Artisanal Fisheries in Brazil

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Diegues, Antonio Carlos
Date: 2008
Agency: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, India
Series: Samudra Monograph
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3682
Sector: Social Organization
General & Multiple Resources
Region: South America
Subject(s): protected areas
Abstract: "As the conservation of marine resources becomes a growing global priority, the concept of marine protected areas (MPAs) is being widely propagated. Since most MPAs are located in coastal areas of great biodiversity, their development has direct relevance and concern to the livelihoods, culture and survival of small-scale and traditional fi shing and coastal communities. An MPA is considered to be any coastal or marine area in which certain uses are regulated to conserve natural resources, biodiversity, and historical and cultural features. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) defi nes an MPA as 'any defined area within or adjacent to the marine environment, together with its overlying waters and associated fl ora, fauna, and historical and cultural features, which has been reserved by legislation or other effective means, including custom, with the effect that its marine and/or coastal biodiversity enjoys a higher level of protection than its surroundings.'"

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