Threats to marine protected areas in West Africa: from uncontrolled fishing to climate change

Pierre Failler, Grégoire Touron-Gardic, Oumar Sadio, Marie-Suzanne Traore

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Abstract

This article presents the threats facing West African marine protected areas as they are perceived by those who manage them. It also outlines the way in which these threats are taken into account in the management process. The main threats identified are uncontrolled fishing, coastal erosion, overexploitation of land resources (mainly wood), and pollution. They are generally poorly translated into management measures, which are aimed more at maintaining the basic operation of the sites than at containing large-scale threats.
Translated title of the contributionThreats to marine protected areas in West Africa: from uncontrolled fishing to climate change
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)133-152
JournalMondes en développement
Volume187
Issue number3
Early online date4 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 4 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • West Africa
  • Marine protected areas (MPA)
  • management measures
  • ecosystems
  • pollution
  • overfishing
  • climate change

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