Author: Alicia Bugeja Said

The recently launched consultation process for marine protected areas (MPAs) around Malta will provide very limited opportunity for truly active participation of stakeholders, posing questions on the effectiveness of the process. The conservation of marine protected areas requires in-depth conversations that bring together the views and needs of various users of the sea. According to governance theories, any proposed management measure for marine areas that ought to affect human activities and practices need to be formalised through a consensual process. Such approaches are known to increase the success factor of marine conservation initiatives and reduces the risks related to non-compliance…

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