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GESA & Edinburgh Marine Network – MSc Student Reading Group
28th of January, 2015
18:00-20:00 Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Teaching and Skills room

The theme of the January MSc Reading group is Mega Marine Protected Areas; the balance between development and protection.  The evening will be introduced by GESA members Dr Meriwether Wilson and Dr Laura Jeffery along with Dr James Harrison, lecturer in International Law in the UoE School of Law

 Until the end of the 20th century, most Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) were relatively small-scale conservation zones in coastal waters. The past decade has seen a proliferation in the designation of ever larger MPAs. Mega MPAs measuring over 100,000km² now already comprise the vast majority of the total area covered by MPAs worldwide. But why are the world’s powerful leaders – including Clinton, Bush, and Obama – competing to create ever larger MPAs?

In this discussion we will explore how effective these MPA’s are in achieving their goals, adressing issues of social justice and sustainable devlopment and how alternative models might, or might not, do better. We will do this by exploring the past evolution of these marine protected areas and discussing where we are now, and what is the potential for the future. After the introductions, we will break out into small discussion groups before coming back together to share what our groups believe are the key emerging themes.

You can read the blogs here http://blogs.sps.ed.ac.uk/global-environment-society-academy/
You can register to attend here https://januaryreadinggroupmarine.eventbrite.co.uk

The event begins at 6pm and we plan to finish at 8pm, there are plenty of local hostelries where members can move onto to discuss the issues in a less formal environment, and get to know each other a little bit better.