Objectives, Deliverables, Milestones
The “MPA” workpackage will improve the basis for planning of MPAs with a view to reconciling demands especially of fisheries, biodiversity conservation and industrial uses including coastal aquaculture:
1. Compile data from three selected case studies of MPAs, compare and contrast the stated objectives, operation, and known effectiveness of the MPAs with respect to location, resource and other factors;
2. Conduct simulations of existing MPAs where feasible with respect to stock benefits/costs, and derive objective criteria for the placement of MPAs in all three case studies;
3. Consider possible alternatives for design of MPA networks in the shelf systems, develop conceptual models for the planning of MPAs on continental shelves, and apply these to the selected case studies.
Description of work
The successful design and implementation of MPAs relies on setting clearly defined objectives and encouraging stakeholder participation in the planning, design and implementation process. The big gaps for both developed and less-developed regions are in understanding the potential benefits, designs and outcomes of MPAs in continental-shelf waters. Beyond single-stock assessments, there is a growing need to consider the future basis for ecosystem-oriented management, and conceptual models are needed that can help decision makers develop coherent and integrated MPA networks. This WP will provide the basis for a productive interchange of data, concepts and operational assessments of existing MPA networks towards the achievement of goals such as restoring fish stocks and healthy ecosystems by 2015.
||Review of similarities and differences of planning, operation, stakeholder involvement and effectiveness of selected MPAs (report, month 16);
||Analysis of size and placement of selected MPAs using spatial ecosystem models provided by WP 4 (report, month 28);
Conceptual model for MPA planning in offshore continental shelf waters (report and step-by-step tool, month 31);
||Report on outcomes of WP 5 (report, month 34);
At least five scientific publications related to this WP to be published or submitted by WP members before the end of the project (month 34).
All WP participants will contribute to all deliverables.
Milestones and expected result
||WP members, representatives of WPs 4, 9
||To select MPAs and distribute tasks
||WP members, representatives of WPs 4, 9;
|| To analyse selected case studies
||WP members, WP 4
||To review analysis and develop framework