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In order to provide context to the lessons learned from the implementation and management of MPAs in East Asia and Micronesia, we have provided 25 case studies from around the region, grouped into four categories: Habitats and Biodiversity, Socio-economic Objectives and Impacts, MPA Benefits to Fisheries and MPA Monitoring. These case studies represent current issues and problems in the science and management and the approaches used to address them. All of these case studies are taken from published journal articles or reports and the citation is provided. Click on "view details" to read the complete case study.

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Habitats & Biodiversity
Socio-economic objectives & impacts
MPA benefits to fisheries
MPA monitoring

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  • 1. Category Habitats & Biodiversity
    Region / Country Philippines
    Project Name Mindanao Rural Development Project
    Citation Zweig, R. 2006. Mindanao Rural Development Project. Implementation Completion Report TF 23302. The World Bank, Rural Development and Natural Resources Sector Unit, East Asia and Pacific Region

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    The overall objective of the long-term Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) is to reduce poverty and ensure food security for the rural poor and indigenous communities in 25 provinces of Mindanao through the implementation of better-targeted agricultural and fisheries-related rural development ...

  • 2. Category Habitats & Biodiversity
    Region / Country Micronesia
    Project Name Integrating Coral Reef Ecosystem Integrity and Restoration Options with Watershed-based Activities and MPAs in Micronesia
    Citation R.H. Richmond, T. Rongo, Y. Golbuu, S. Victor, N. Idechong, G. Davis, W. Kostka, L. Neth, M. Hamnett and E. Wolanski. 2007. Watersheds and coral reefs: conservation science, policy, and implementation. BioScience 57: 598-607

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    Studies were performed to determine the types and magnitudes of impacts caused by poor land-use practices within watersheds on adjacent coral reef ecosystems on Guam, Palau and Pohnpei. The overall study was aimed at identifying the biological and physical parameters affecting the coral reef commun ...

  • 3. Category Habitats & Biodiversity
    Region / Country Philippines
    Project Name Rates of fish recovery in marine reserves in the Philippines
    Citation Russ, G.R., Stockwell, B. and A.C. Alcala. 2005 Inferring vs. measuring rates of recovery in no-take marine reserves. Marine Ecology Progress Series 292: 1-12

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    Russ et al. (2005) used underwater visual census at 15 no-take marine reserves in the Philippines to both infer and measure recovery of reef fishes. They made a single estimate of the biomass of large predatory reef fishes (Serranidae, Lutjanidae, Lethrinidae) heavily exploited by fisheries in each ...

  • 4. Category Habitats & Biodiversity
    Region / Country Palau
    Project Name Identifying nursery habitat for key reef fish species in Palau
    Citation Tupper, M. 2007. Identification of nursery habitats for commercially valuable humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) and large groupers (Pisces:Serranidae) in Palau. Marine Ecology Progress Series 232: 189-199

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    Among the most economically valuable and most vulnerable coral reef fishes are the large-bodied species such as large wrasses and groupers. These species are slow growing and long lived, with late maturity, spawning occurring in aggregations and low rates of replenishment (Rhodes & Sadovy 2002, Sado ...

  • 5. Category Habitats & Biodiversity
    Region / Country Palau
    Project Name The management of Palau’s coral reef fisheries
    Citation Johannes, R.E. 2002. The renaissance of community-based management in Oceania. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33:317-340

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    Proponents of marine protected areas routinely assert that their primary function is protect spawning stock biomass and increase fishery yields via improved recruitment resulting from larval dispersal (Johannes 2000). However, with few exceptions the great majority of Indo-Pacific MPAs have not incl ...
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