An approach to ecosystem-based management in maritime spatial planning process

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dc.contributor.author Ansong, Joseph O.
dc.contributor.author Gissi, E.
dc.contributor.author Calado, H.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-23T09:51:52Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-23T09:51:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-21
dc.identifier.citation Ansong, J., Gissi, E. and Calado, H. (2017) ‘An approach to ecosystem-based management in maritime spatial planning process’, Ocean and Coastal Management, 141, pp. 65-81. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.03.005 en
dc.identifier.volume 141 en
dc.identifier.startpage 65 en
dc.identifier.endpage 81 en
dc.identifier.issn 0964-5691
dc.identifier.issn 1873-524X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5313
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.03.005
dc.description.abstract Sustainable development is the framing concept assuring that resources are exploited while maintaining the ability of these natural resources to provide for future generations. With human dependence on marine resources increasing, Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) has been identified as a suitable approach to ensure sustainable development. In order to achieve this, the core principles and elements of EBM should be operational in the maritime/marine spatial planning (MSP) process to ensure that human activities in marine space are ordered to attain ecological, economic and social objectives. However, policies from various states and organizations sometimes do not set a clear precedence for translating principles of EBM and present different and complex approaches to an ecosystem-based marine spatial planning (EB-MSP). Again, a feasible methodology for EBM to be operational in MSP is still vague. This paper therefore presents results from a survey and review of MSP initiatives in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Results showed that essential MSP steps and elements such as adaptive management, setting of planning boundaries, understanding and analysing the ecosystem and future conditions are not fully operational. This paper focuses on a methodology for EB-MSP and gives recommendations on how to ensure that EBM is operational at each stage of an MSP process. It stresses the importance of setting planning boundaries beyond jurisdictional borders to consider bio/eco-regions and cover near-shore waters, the need to have a cross-sector integration, understanding the ecosystem through having an ecosystem service perspective and having a legal framework to ensure that results from monitoring and evaluating of plans are adapted through review and revision. en
dc.description.sponsorship European Commission (Erasmus Mundus Masters Course on Maritime Spatial Planning) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.rights © 2017, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Ecosystem-based management en
dc.subject Adaptive management en
dc.subject Operational framework en
dc.subject Monitoring en
dc.title An approach to ecosystem-based management in maritime spatial planning process en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Joseph Ansong, MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21-486-4300 E: joseph.ansong@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-04-21
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.contributor.funder European Commission en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Ocean and Coastal Management en


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