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dc.contributor.authorMcIntyre, Sydney
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-14T21:12:25Z
dc.date.available2024-02-14T21:12:25Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10464/18307
dc.description.abstractReversing biodiversity loss is one of society’s most pressing challenges. In response, marine protected areas (MPAs) are arguably one of the most effective conservation solutions. Yet, the outcomes of MPAs are highly variable. Some deliver positive biodiversity outcomes while others are criticized for being “paper parks”; a term used to describe protected areas that are designated on paper but offer little contributions towards the conservation of nature. The current protection levels of Canada’s MPAs are largely unknown. In this major research paper (MRP), I evaluated the protection levels for eight MPAs located in Canada’s Atlantic Ocean. The analysis revealed that over half (62.5%) of Atlantic MPAs are incompatible with conservation due to the heavy presence of offshore oil, fishing, and shipping. These results suggest that enhancing the levels of protection in the MPAs on Canada’s east coast is required for MPAs to contribute effectively to biodiversity conservation and human well-being.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherBrock Universityen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectMarine Conservationen_US
dc.subjectMarine Biodiversityen_US
dc.subjectExploitationen_US
dc.titlePaper Parks or Protection: Evaluating Atlantic Canada's Marine Protected Areasen_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Sustainabilityen_US
dc.degree.levelMastersen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Sustainability Research Centreen_US
dc.degree.disciplineFaculty of Social Sciencesen_US
refterms.dateFOA2024-02-14T21:12:26Z


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