Vinsamlegast notið þetta auðkenni þegar þið vitnið til verksins eða tengið í það: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/31321
Marine managed areas are now a key tool in any coastal managers’ toolbox and are being utilised throughout the world with varying degrees of success. Cambodia’s first Marine Fisheries Managed Area (MFMA) was declared in July 2016, marking the beginning of collaborative marine conservation in the country. The countries commitment to marine conservation is in keeping with goal number 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which, instructs participating nations to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. This research investigates the current state of Cambodia’s first MFMA, utilising grounded theory as its method of data collection and analysis. It allows theory to emerge from the collected data opposed to traditional hypothesis testing methods. A total of 15 semi-structured interviews were conducted with key stakeholders who were or are still involved with the MFMA planning and decision-making process. These interviews found that the MFMA is in a state of flux due to contributing factors such as: management authority changes, lacking enforcement, insufficient funding and poor awareness within the rapidly developing tourism sector. The main recommendations are that the new managing authority consult relevant stakeholders to address local and regional concerns. The creation of an educational video, to be shown on-board island transportation services is also recommended to increase awareness within the tourism sector. It is crucial for the future of marine management in Cambodia that this area provides a good example for other proposed MFMAs in Cambodia to follow.