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Cuban Marine Policy: A Case of Context

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Title: Cuban Marine Policy: A Case of Context
Authors: Shea, Alessandra
Keywords: Marine Protected areas
Cuban environmental policy
Political Ecology
tourism
Issue Date: Dec 2016
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2016]
Abstract: In this time of great change, Cuba’s environment will be challenged as economic growth and an emerging tourism industry threaten to pull Cuba out of its time capsule. A case study of the people’s perception of coastal livelihoods in the Villa Clara province, an archipelago experiencing rapid tourism development, illuminates the many environmental, social, and economic issues that are arising along much of Cuba’s coastline. Focusing on perceptions of the Marine Protected Area (MPA) management method to conserve coral reefs and attitudes toward a state-­‐run fishing cooperative, this case study shows how these methods of marine resource conservation, dating from different political eras in Cuba, interact. This case study also considers how the “lost Eden” discourse surrounding Cuba’s coral reefs has shaped management implementation and how it is perceived locally, and whether these perceptions suggest future conflict between conservation and development in this region. Political changes in the 20th century have left Cuba a legacy of pristine coral reef ecosystems and a strong, domestic environmental policy framework. The Cuban State now seeks capital and foreign investment to expand employment and to grow the economy. As these dynamics change, Cuba has the opportunity to adapt to encroaching market demands for tourism development or develop new industries that will prioritize the maintenance of its natural resources.
Description: M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/51540
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