A new approach to monitoring marine protected areas management success in the Dutch Caribbean

Chapter 20 in Marine Protected Areas: Science, Policy and Management

There is ample evidence to show that Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) are an effective and preferred tool for safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. Current efforts to demonstrate Protective Area Management Effectiveness (PAME) rely heavily on assessments of the state of biological resources within the Protected Area. Where they do address MPA’s effectiveness as “governance tool” the outputs are largely narrative or rely heavily on subjective assessments of MPA performance.

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