Game theory and marine protected areas: the effects of conservation autarky in a multiple-use environment

Maarten Punt, Hans-Peter Weikard, Ekko van Ierland

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Abstract

We investigate determinants of Marine Protected Areas with the goal of enhancing multiple ecosystem services: food production and cultural and option use services. We consider conservation autarky (i.e. countries that act independently, without considering decisions by others), strategic behaviour and full cooperation in a game theoretic model. We find that, from a global perspective, on the one hand conservation autarky is preferred over strategic behaviour. On the other hand results under autarky are not as good as under full cooperation, when all uses are considered. If, however, species conservation is considered in isolation, conservation autarky coincides with full cooperation. Furthermore, full cooperation on conservation, ignoring other uses may produce worse results than the strategic equilibrium, i.e. non-cooperation with all uses considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity
EditorsPaulo Nunes, Pushpam Kumar, Tom Dedeurwaerdere
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK; Massachusetts, USA
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2014
Pages264-277
Chapter15
ISBN (Print)978 1 78195 150 7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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    Punt, M., Weikard, H-P., & van Ierland, E. (2014). Game theory and marine protected areas: the effects of conservation autarky in a multiple-use environment. In P. Nunes, P. Kumar, & T. Dedeurwaerdere (Eds.), Handbook on the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity (pp. 264-277). Edward Elgar Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781781951514.00023