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A proposed ecosystem-based management system for marine waters: linking the theory of environmental policy to the practice of environmental management

AuthorsSardá, Rafael CSIC ORCID ; O'Higgins, Tim; Cormier, Roland; Diedrich, Amy CSIC ORCID; Tintoré, Joaquín CSIC ORCID
KeywordsMarine management strategy
Oceans policy
Ecosystem approach
Ecosystem-based management
Ecosystem goods and services
Environmental management
Marine environment
Marine ecosystems
Issue Date2014
PublisherResilience Alliance
CitationEcology and Society 19(4) : 51 (2014)
AbstractNew coastal and marine management strategies have recently been developed in many countries and regions. From an ecosystem approach perspective, the aim of such strategies is the maintenance of ecosystem integrity while enabling the sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services. There is, however, a need for harmonized definitions and standardized processes to deal not only with the interjurisdictional and multidisciplinary complexities that are associated with such strategies but also with the extensive timelines and resources implicated in the planning and implementation of these strategies. The ecosystem-based management system proposed here is based on three pillars that facilitate the integration of an ecosystem approach to coastal and oceans policy development, regardless of the ecosystem or administrative scales. The managerial pillar is based on classical risk-management systems that incorporate environmental considerations and objectives within a continuous improvement cycle of adaptive management. The managerial pillar is supported by governance structures that provide oversight and thereby ensure that planning and implementation activities adhere to modern environmental principles. The information pillar ensures that data and scientific advice are based on current knowledge, and the participation pillar brings together communication and consultation requirements as indicated by the principles of the ecosystem approach.
Description14 páginas, 1 tabla, 3 figuras
Publisher version (URL)http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss4/art51/
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