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Evaluating the Role of Co-management in Improving Governance of Marine Protected Areas: An Experimental Approach in the Colombian Caribbean

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Maldonado, Jorge H.; Moreno-Sanchez, Rocio del Pilar
Conference: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Hyderabad, India
Conf. Date: January 10-14
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7245
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Central America & Caribbean
South America
Subject(s): common pool resources
governance and politics
experimental economics
game theory
Abstract: "Complexities associated with the management of common pool resources (CPR) threaten governance at some marine protected areas (MPA). In this paper, using economic experimental games (EEG), we investigate the effects of internal communication, external regulation and the interaction between internal regulation and non-coercive authority intervention—what we call co-management—on fishermen’s extraction decisions. We perform EEG with fishermen inhabiting the influence zone of an MPA in the Colombian Caribbean. The results show that co-management exhibits the best results, both in terms of resource sustainability and reduction in extraction, highlighting the importance of strategies that recognize communities as key actors in the decision-making process for the sustainable use and conservation of CPR in protected areas."

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