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Social Synergies, Tradeoffs, and Equity in Marine Conservation Impacts

Authors
  • Gill, David A.
  • Cheng, Samantha H.
  • Glew, Louise
  • Aigner, Ernest
  • Bennett, Nathan J.
  • Mascia, Michael B.
Type
Published Article
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Oct 17, 2019
Volume
44
Pages
347–372
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-110718-032344
Source
Annual Reviews
Keywords
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Abstract

Biodiversity conservation interventions often aim to benefit both nature and people; however, the social impacts of these interventions remain poorly understood. We reviewed recent literature on the social impacts of four marine conservation interventions to understand the synergies, tradeoffs, and equity (STE) of these impacts, focusing on the direction, magnitude, and distribution of impacts across domains of human wellbeing and across spatial, temporal, and social scales. STE literature has increased dramatically since 2000, particularly for marine protected areas (MPAs), but remains limited. Few studies use rigorous counterfactual study designs, and significant research gaps remain regarding specific wellbeing domains (culture, education), social groups (gender, age, ethnic groups), and impacts over time. Practitioners and researchers should recognize the role of shifting property rights, power asymmetries, individual capabilities, and resource dependency in shaping STE in conservation outcomes, and utilize multi-consequential frameworks to support the wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalized groups.

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