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Natalie Bown

Natalie studied for her PhD at Newcastle University with financial and field support from Operation Wallacea’s Honduras marine research programme. Her thesis was entitled “Governance of Marine Protected Areas: A Case Study of the Cayos Cochinos MPA”. The study examined how governance (local and national) affects the effectiveness of the management plan at the CCMPA in achieving its conservation and fisheries management objectives based on the ecological and socioeconomic criteria stated in the management plan. The study was framed by an examination of the process of Adaptive Co-Management (ACM), and how that framework can be best applied to the CCMPA, or if indeed external forces (national policy and economic development) are too strong to enable an adaptive co-management approach to work.

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