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Incentivising biodiversity conservation in artisanal fishing communities through territorial user rights and business model innovation

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Gelcich, S. & Donlan, C.J. (2015) Incentivising biodiversity conservation in artisanal fishing communities through territorial user rights and business model innovation. Conservation Biology. Article first published online 3rd March 2015.

Territorial user rights for fisheries are being promoted to enhance the sustainability of small-scale fisheries. Using Chile as a case study, the authors designed a market-based program aimed at improving fishers’ livelihoods while incentivising the establishment and enforcement of no-take areas within areas managed with territorial user right regimes. Building on explicit enabling conditions (i.e., high levels of governance, participation, and empowerment), the authors used a place-based, human-centred approach to design a programme that will have the necessary support and buy-in from local fishers to result in landscape-scale biodiversity benefits. Important design decisions around 3 components—supply, transactional infrastructure, and demand—must be made based on local social-ecological conditions. This market model, which is being piloted in Chile, is a flexible foundation on which to base scalable opportunities to operationalise a scheme that incentivises local, verifiable biodiversity benefits via conservation behaviours by fishers that could likely result in significant marine conservation gains and novel cross-sector alliances.

Access the journal article here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cobi.12477/abstract?campaign=....

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