Manifestation of maritime piracy as an additional challenge for global conservation

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January 17, 2017 - 3:37pm
Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 03/2017
Authors: Antonios Mazaris
Journal title: Marine Policy
Volume: 77
Pages: 171 - 175
ISSN: 0308597X

Hostile acts against ships and mariners remain a global social and political phenomenon which usually reflects a high degree of socioeconomic vulnerability. The identification of the causes and driving factors behind the deteriorating maritime security has received considerable attention. However, their potential impact upon biodiversity conservation initiatives remains poorly evaluated. In the present study the spatial overlap between biodiversity hotspots and hotspots of hostile maritime acts are explored. The majority of such hostile acts occur in economically vulnerable countries, with the operation of their Marine Protected Areas largely depending on the revenue generated by visitors. Given that hostile maritime acts could cause financial losses and increase social and political instability, they could significantly alter conservation efficiency. Thus, it is critical to consider the way of incorporating maritime security risks into conservation agendas.

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