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Marine Protected Areas should not evict traditional fishing communities, says study by T. V. Padma October 11,2012   |  Source: SciDev.Net

Ever wondered why, despite some fantastic programmes on conservation and scientific inputs, things don’t work on the ground? Here are some insights from a study by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) on the social dimensions of marine conservation, conducted in Central America, and other presentations at a side event today.

The 2012 study on conservation efforts in marine protected areas and its impacts on local fishing communities, in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, showed that “in most cases the cost of conservation fell on the shoulders of local communities, coastal fishermen and indigenous peoples”. The biggest price they had to pay was restricted access to resources and traditional fishing areas, Vivienne Solis Rivera, from Marvin Fonseca Borras, Costa Rica said.

In most cases, the conservation efforts failed to address local and social needs; excluded local fishing communities who did not see or get any benefit from the process; and there is limited involvement of government and other institutions engaged in conservation efforts, including scientific institutes.Riza Damanik, from the People’s Coalition of Fishery Justice, Indonesia, presented case studies on protected areas conservation in Indonesia, where 92 per cent of

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