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Workshop on the Development and Management of Marine Protected Areas

May 7th to 15th, Kasnäs - Finland

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Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly being developed and utilised as management tools in efforts to protect and manage marine biodiversity and fishery resources in Northern European seas. In May 2004, a Workshop on the Development and Management of Marine Protected Areas was held in Kasnäs, Finland. The aim of the workshop was, through presentations, discussions, tutorials and group sessions, to equip the participants with the most important practical and theoretical tools, methods and approaches needed in selecting, developing and managing MPAs. This report is a documentary of the workshop, and it includes summaries of presentations, main outputs from group sessions and other useful information.

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Summaries of presentations

The use of the term Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a growing phenomenon, but because of a lack of clarity and a plethora of definitions this growing interest in the idea is confused and uncoordinated. This is an ideal situation for opponents/detractors of the idea to divide and rule. There is an ever-increasing need for better protection and management of the marine environment and the appropriate use of MPAs is something that needs to be explored.

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