Fisheries trade and social development in the Philippine-Malaysia maritime border zone

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Development Policy Review, 2014, 32 (6), pp. 715 - 732
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© The Authors 2014. © 2014 Overseas Development Institute. Weakly regulated natural-resource trading activities in the remote borderlands of developing countries are commonly viewed both as a means of improving economic development and as a way of smuggling valuable natural resources. Based on data from the Philippine-Malaysia maritime border that focus on the trade in high-value live reef fish, this article points to the need to situate such cross-border activities more closely within the context of local perspectives and priorities. A locally-grounded perspective is necessary in order to understand the context of social-development challenges that mediate both macroeconomic and environmental policy outcomes.
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