Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century

Sale, Peter F., Agardy, Tundi, Ainsworth, Cameron H., Feist, Blake E., Bell, Johann D., Christie, Patrick, Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove, Mumby, Peter J., Feary, David A., Saunders, Megan I. and Daw, Tim M., (2014). Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 85(1), 1-16

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    Author Sale, Peter F.
    Agardy, Tundi
    Ainsworth, Cameron H.
    Feist, Blake E.
    Bell, Johann D.
    Christie, Patrick
    Hoegh-Guldberg, Ove
    Mumby, Peter J.
    Feary, David A.
    Saunders, Megan I.
    Daw, Tim M.
    Title Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century
    Appearing in Marine Pollution Bulletin
    Volume 85
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2014-07-20
    Place of Publication Netherlands
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 1
    End page 16
    Abstract

    Over 1.3 billion people live on tropical coasts, primarily in developing countries. Many depend on adjacent
    coastal seas for food, and livelihoods. We show how trends in demography and in several local and
    global anthropogenic stressors are progressively degrading capacity of coastal waters to sustain these
    people. Far more effective approaches to environmental management are needed if the loss in provision
    of ecosystem goods and services is to be stemmed. We propose expanded use of marine spatial planning
    as a framework for more effective, pragmatic management based on ocean zones to accommodate con-
    flicting uses. This would force the holistic, regional-scale reconciliation of food security, livelihoods, and
    conservation that is needed. Transforming how countries manage coastal resources will require major
    change in policy and politics, implemented with sufficient flexibility to accommodate societal variations.
    Achieving this change is a major challenge – one that affects the lives of one fifth of humanity.

    Keyword Coastal ecosystems
    Copyright Holder Elsevier
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type Creative commons
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