Innovative marine spatial planning approaches to designing networks of customary marine protected areas (MPAs)

Innovative marine spatial planning approaches to designing networks of customary marine protected areas (MPAs)

Thu, 20/09/2012 - 09:30

About the Presenter

Dr Stacy Jupiter

Stacy Jupiter has been working with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Fiji since 2008.

After completing a bachelors degree in biology at Harvard University, she worked as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, teaching rural farmers how to build fishponds and develop sustainable agriculture. Her Ph.D. research through the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Queensland focused on linkages between land use and downstream impacts to water quality and nearshore coral reefs, topics which she continued to develop as a postdoctoral fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at the Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

With the WCS-Fiji team, Stacy has been working on assessing the effectiveness of marine protected areas to increase the abundance and size of food fish of importance to local communities. In addition, she is trying to integrate connectivity science into development of a national system of protected areas for Fiji to preserve ecosystem services, livelihoods and human health.


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In Fiji, the majority of marine protected areas (MPAs) are established as community-based management initiatives with the objectives to improve local food security and provide for short-term socioeconomic needs. In most cases, villages establish small (median size < 1, periodically harvested no-take zones located in visual proximity to promote ease of management.

I present an alternative case study from Fiji where local management practices have been combined with Western science to design and then adaptively reconfigure an MPA network in Kubulau District. I discuss the conditions that facilitated community willingness to adaptively modify their management scheme, as well as the pros and cons of using multiple data layers as targets and costs in decision support software and community receptiveness to output maps.

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