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International perceptions of an integrated, multi-sectoral, ecosystem approach to management


Marshak, AR and Link, JS and Shuford, R and Monaco, ME and Johannesen, E and Bianchi, G and Anderson, MR and Olsen, E and Smith, DC and Schmidt, JO and Dickey-Collas, M, International perceptions of an integrated, multi-sectoral, ecosystem approach to management, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74, (1) pp. 414-420. ISSN 1054-3139 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw214


The Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) has emerged over the past decades, largely to promote biodiversity conservation, and more recently sectoral tradeoffs in the management of marine ecosystems. To ascertain the state of practice of EAM operationalization, a workshop was held, which included a pre-workshop online survey. The survey gauged international participantsí perspectives regarding capacity, knowledge, and application of EAM. When asked about the subject, most survey respondents had a general understanding of EAM, and provided a clear definition. Major perceived challenges to EAM objectives by those surveyed included limited knowledge, conflicting interests, insufficient communication, and limited organizational legal frameworks or governance structures. Of those directly involved in an ecosystem approach, the majority responded that processes were in place or developed for application of integrated knowledge toward assessing key issues within their respective sectors (i.e. fisheries, conservation, energy), and that capacity was generally high. Our results show that most respondents, irrespective of sector or geography, see value in considering an integrated, broader ecosystem approach as they manage their sector. Although many participants were from the North Atlantic region, our results suggest that much of the international community is converging toward continued understanding of broad-scale, integrated approaches to marine resource management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecosystem approach to management, ecosystem-based management, multisector, ocean use, sector tradeoffs
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Smith, DC (Dr David Smith)
ID Code:114497
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-02-16
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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