Marine management for human development: A review of two decades of scholarly evidence

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, Park Place, CF10 3YE Cardiff, Wales, UK
Marine Policy (Impact Factor: 2.62). 05/2011; 35(3):351-362. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2010.10.015


This paper reviews the evidence of the impacts of marine management interventions on human development and well-being reported in marine management literature in the past two decades. Documents dealing with fisheries, aquaculture, marine conservation and coastal zone management are assessed in terms of the methodologies used, the human development dimensions considered, and the results reported. The choice of dimensions for defining human development in this literature is contrasted with proposals from the literature on the capability and human development approaches. Possible areas for future research are discussed.

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