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The Role of Marine Protected Areas in Providing Ecosystem Services

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Marines Protected Areas (MPAs) are commonly used around the world as management tools to promote the sustainable use of marine resources. It is assumed that MPAs secure human livelihoods and well-being by protecting marine ecosystems and ecosystem services. However, the links between ecological effects of MPAs and services have rarely been explored. Here we review the different impacts of MPAs on ecosystem functioning and service provision. Results highlight that empirical evidence for positive effects of MPAs on ecosystem service provision by coastal marine ecosystems is accumulating. Finally, we identified knowledge gaps on which future research efforts could focus and empower marine resource managers to make more informed decisions and maximize the value derived from their natural resource base.
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hal-01199217 , version 1 (15-09-2015)

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Pierre Leenhardt, Natalie Low, Nicolas Pascal, Fiorenza Micheli, Joachim Claudet. The Role of Marine Protected Areas in Providing Ecosystem Services. Andrea Belgrano; Guy Woodward; Ute Jacob. Aquatic Functional Biodiversity: an Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective, Elsevier; Academic Press, pp.211-239, 2015, 978-0-12-417015-5. ⟨10.1016/B978-0-12-417015-5.00009-8⟩. ⟨hal-01199217⟩
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