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While MPAs primarily serve to conserve marine biodiversity, they play a number of other social roles.
How can MPAs interact with the wider society, by involving citizens, supporting local communities, and fostering initiatives in terms of communication and education?
Collaboration is key to improving MPA governance and strengthening the role of MPAs in society. But how can it be enhanced practically? Managers will discuss methods for consulting and involving local communities.
MPAs play a central role in structuring the use of marine areas through marine special planning. They provide both an understanding of marine ecosystems and a vision for local and regional development.
But this vision must be shared by all coastal stakeholders who depend on MPAs – hence the importance of dialogue.
How relevant and efficient are MPAs as fishery management tools? The question will be addressed from the perspectives of multiple players, including fishermen, fishery administrators, scientists, and local communities.
The objectives and means of MPAs are often misunderstood. Various communication tools can help introduce them to diverse audiences, including users and the broader public.