Sea Grant in Latin America? Adapting the US Sea Grant model of linked applied research, extension, and education to a Latin American Context—Is there a fit?

Marine Policy Journal 31 (2007) 229–238 

Sea Grant in Latin America? Adapting the US Sea Grant model of linked applied research, extension, and education to a Latin American Context—Is there a fit?

S. Matthew Wilburn, James Tobey, Jill Hepp, Stephen Olsen, Barry Costa-Pierce

Received 17 August 2006; accepted 28 October 2006

Abstract

This paper explores the application of the US Sea Grant model of applied research, extension, and education to two case studies in Latin America: Coastal Ecuador and the Gulf of Fonseca. The analysis is based on a series of meetings and roundtables with in-country partners and leaders of the US Sea Grant program. We conclude that the Sea Grant model provides an institutional structure that Latin America lacks and the model’s features would improve governance of marine and coastal resources through more effective linkages between coastal communities, universities, and policy/decision makers at local, national, and international levels.

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