Designing Marine Spatial Planning Legislation for Implementation: A Guide for Legal Drafters
Author
Environmental Law Institute & Animals | Environment PLLC (for the Blue Prosperity Coalition)
Date Released
May 2020
Designing Marine Spatial Planning Legislation for Implementation: A Guide for Le

Ocean and coastal states around the world are increasingly seeking to better utilize and benefit from their ocean environments, which can be vast in comparison to their land areas. Conflicting human uses, a changing climate, and a desire to ensure long-term sustainability compound the challenge to grow a robust “blue economy.” Consequently, countries are turning to marine spatial planning as a comprehensive management tool to assess and organize present uses of their ocean environments and map for future uses.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Summary and Regional Comparison
Author
Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The legal reports for Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico – the four countries of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef (MAR) – cover aspects of fisheries and marine management laws that set out the framework for protecting the sustainability of small-scale fisheries, marine ecosystems, and the livelihoods of the fisherfolk who depend upon them.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Honduras
Author
Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Honduras government and the institutional and legal framework for the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries and for management of fish resources in protected areas.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Guatemala
Author
Alejandra Rabasa and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Guatemalan government, and the institutional legal framework of the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries, and for management of fisheries resources and marine protected areas.

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Belize
Author
Greta Swanson and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report describes the legal framework for regulation of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Area (MPA) management in and adjacent to the coastal waters of Belize. The report also describes the structure and function of the government of Belize. 

Mesoamerican Barrier Reef Legal Reports: Mexico
Author
Alejandra Rabasa and Xiao Recio-Blanco
Date Released
July 2019

This document was prepared by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with Rare. The report provides information regarding the structure and function of the Mexican government, as well as the institutional legal framework for the governance of small-scale fisheries and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Specifically, this report summarizes main actors and the legal framework for artisanal/small-scale fisheries, and for management of fish resources in protected areas.

Caribbean MPA Enforcement

The Caribbean Sea provides for and supports its people. Incredible sandy beaches draw tourists, while lobsters and conch support local fishermen, and mangroves and coral reefs protect islands from the full force of hurricanes. However, the Caribbean faces substantial challenges: reefs are degraded and algae-infested, and once-abundant fish are now harder to find.