Conservation of Marine Resources and Sustainable Coastal Community Development in Malaysia

  • Muhammad Mehedi┬áMasud

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This book addresses a timely and compelling emerging issue related to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources and the sustainable development of the coastal community. Marine protected areas (MPAs) make a remarkable contribution to the protection of marine communities by providing sustainable livelihoods, deriving financial benefits from the development of fisheries and tourism, as well as by restoring ocean productivity and preventing further environmental degradation. These areas have been considered the cornerstone of a blue economy due to their substantial economic, social and environmental contributions. However, MPAs around the world are severely hampered by a multitude of issues and challenges such as inefficient management, poor socioeconomic conditions and environmental degradation due to human activities, overexploitation of marine resources, degradation of water quality, massive waste production and climate change. These are the main obstacles to economic, social and environmental sustainability. Hence, a collaborative management approach and an integrated management policy framework is urgently needed for the economic, social, political, cultural, technological, and ecological development of coastal communities.

Muhammad Mehedi Masud is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Development Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He has published more than 40 scientific papers in internationally refereed Journals. His research interests are development economics, environment and sustainable development, environmental impact assessment, ecotourism development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, community development, livelihoods, poverty and social mobility. He has received several awards such as Academic Excellence Award -2014, Excellence Award-2015 and BSN Award- 2016 from University of Malaya.


Integrated Management Policy Framework for MPAs Economic, social and environmental contribution of MPAs Collaborative Management System for Marine Protected Areas Community-Based Management Livelihood sustainability Conservation of Natural Resources Sustainable Community Development Sustainable Development in Malaysia Marine Protected Areas in Malaysia Marine Park Communities in Malaysia Hurdles to Sustainable Development

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  • Muhammad Mehedi┬áMasud
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and AdministrationUniversity of MalayaKuala-LumpurMalaysia

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