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Financing Marine Conservation

Barry Spergel and Melissa Moye

Without sufficient funding to finance effective management of marine resources, there is a great risk that marine protected areas may become little more than paper parks and that international agreements for managing marine resources may turn out to be little more than statements of good intentions. This guide describes over 30 mechanisms for financing marine conservation, both through raising revenues and providing economic incentives. Included with the descriptions are real examples of how these mechanisms have been implemented around the world. It is intended as a practical guide to familiarize conservation professionals with a menu of options to creatively and sustainably finance marine and coastal conservation.

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