Marine Protected Areas generate “unforeseen but tangible” economic growth, the European Commission said on Monday, citing the findings of a recent study.
While acknowledging a scarcity of hard scientific data, the report draws on “abundant” anecdotal evidence. “It all points to a profusion of new jobs and new business opportunities around MPAs,” the EU executive said.
The authors stress that the benefits of MPAs reach beyond tourism and small-scale fishing into areas such as “conservation management, investment in habitat restoration and biological research, monitoring and surveillance technology and providers of environmental consulting services”.
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