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Marine spatial planning and Good Environmental Status: a perspective on spatial and temporal dimensions


Gilbert, AJ and Alexander, K and Sarda, R and Brazinskaite, R and Fischer, C and Gee, K and Jessopp, M and Kershaw, P and Los, HJ and Morla, DM and O'Mahony, C and Pihlajamaki, M and Rees, S and Varjopuro, R, Marine spatial planning and Good Environmental Status: a perspective on spatial and temporal dimensions, Ecology and Society, 20, (1) Article 64. ISSN 1708-3087 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5751/ES-06979-200164


The European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires the Good Environmental Status of marine environments in Europe's regional seas; yet, maritime activities, including sources of marine degradation, are diversifying and intensifying in an increasingly globalized world. Marine spatial planning is emerging as a tool for rationalizing competing uses of the marine environment while guarding its quality. A directive guiding the development of such plans by European Union member states is currently being formulated. There is an undeniable need for marine spatial planning. However, we argue that considerable care must be taken with marine spatial planning, as the spatial and temporal scales of maritime activities and of Good Environmental Status may be mismatched. We identify four principles for careful and explicit consideration to align the requirements of the two directives and enable marine spatial planning to support the achievement of Good Environmental Status in Europe's regional seas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:DPSWR, Good Environmental Status, marine spatial planning, spatial scale, temporal scale
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Human geography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Alexander, K (Dr Karen Alexander)
ID Code:107747
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-03-23
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