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Title: Maritime ecosystem-based management in practice : lessons learned from the application of a generic spatial planning framework in Europe
Authors: Buhl-Mortensen, Lene
Galparsoro, Ibon
Vega Fernandez, Tomas
Johnson, Kate
D'Anna, Giovanni
Badalamenti, Fabio
Garofalo, Germana
Carlstrom, Julia
Piwowarczyk, Joanna
Rabaut, Marijn
Vanaverbeke, Jan
Schipper, Cor
Dalfsen, Jan van
Vassilopoulou, Vassiliki
Issaris, Yiannis
Hoof, Luc van
Pecceu, Ellen
Hostens, Kris
Pace, Marie Louise
Knittweis, Leyla
Stelzenmuller, Vanessa
Todorova, Valentina
Doncheva, Valentina
Keywords: Marine ecology -- Europe
Marine spatial planning -- European Union countries
Ecosystem management -- European Union countries
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Citation: Buhl-Mortensen, L., Galparsoro, I., Vega Fernandez, T., Johnson, K., D'Anna, G., Badalamenti, F.,… Doncheva, V. (2017). Maritime ecosystem-based management in practice : lessons learned from the application of a generic spatial planning framework in Europe. Marine Policy, 75, 174-186.
Abstract: A generic framework (FW) for the monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas (here defined as marine areas subject to a planning and management regime) was developed and tested in nine marine areas of 13 European countries under the EU funded project MESMA (Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Areas). This paper describes the lessons learned in the use of the FW and draws conclusions for its future use and development. The selected case studies represented diverse spatial scales, management status and complexity, ranging from sub-national areas to entire national coastlines, and large offshore regions. The application of the FW consisted of seven steps: starting with (i) context setting and (ii) gathering of relevant ecosystem information, human activities and management goals; it continues with (iii) indicator selection and (iv) risk assessment; and the final steps considers the (v) analysis of findings and (vi) the evaluation of management effectiveness, to end up with (vii) the revision and proposal of adaptation to current management. The lessons learnt through the application of the FW in the case studies have proved the value of the FW. However, difficulties rose due to the diversity of the nature and the different stages of development in planning and management in the case study areas; as well as, limited knowledge on ecosystem functioning needed for its implementation. As a conclusion the FW allowed for a flexible and creative application and provided important gap analyses.
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