EU executive sees MPAs as driver of economic growth

Marine Protected Areas generate “unforeseen but tangible” economic growth, the European Commission said on Monday, citing the findings of a recent study.

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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