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CONCLUSIONS

MPA managers and others involved in the design and implementation of MPAs need to have a comprehensive understanding of the opportunities available for long and short-term financing of protected areas in order to achieve long-term stability in the management and effectiveness of the protected area. In many instances, lessons from terrestrial sites can be transferred to marine sites; however, this will not be the case for all mechanisms - particularly those that are more dependent on distinct property rights systems. Marine managers must be able to identify the shortcomings of financing mechanisms that have been tested in the terrestrial context and the potential options for adaptation. Additionally, marine managers must learn from the experiences of others in the marine sector and be able to adapt different mechanisms to the specific cultural, social, economic and political context at their site. The Guide provides an introduction and insight into a variety of mechanisms for long-term financing of MPAs. The key to the long-term success of MPAs is the ability to adapt the financing to the current situation, as well as to adapt to changes in the current context. This will often require phasing financing mechanisms in and out over time.


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