This study will focus on the first International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC), a professional meeting of MPA experts from scientific, governmental, non-governmental, and private sector institutions, and will include two components: a survey and participant observation. The follow-up on-line survey will be supported by QuestionPro.com.
Conference attendees will be asked to offer their opinions on the nature of science, the proper role of science and scientists in the design and management of MPAs. These views will be related to respondents' characteristics, as well as their views on MPA success. Overall, it is hoped that this research will contribute to both theory and practice related to the management of marine protected areas.
National Research Council (NRC). 2001. Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Sustaining Ocean Ecosystems. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
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