Processes for the sustainable stewardship of marine environments

Scharin, Henrik, Ericsdotter, Siv, Elliott, Michael, Turner, R. Kerry, Niiranen, Susa, Blenckner, Thorsten, Hyytiäinen, Kari, Ahlvik, Lassi, Ahtiainen, Heini, Artell, Janne, Hasselström, Linus, Söderqvist, Tore and Rockström, Johan (2016) Processes for the sustainable stewardship of marine environments. Ecological Economics, 128. pp. 55-67. ISSN 0921-8009

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Sustainable stewardship of the marine environment necessitates a holistic approach encompassing all the relevant drivers, activities and pressures causing problems for the natural state of the system and their impact on human societies today and in the future. This article provides a framework as well as a decision support process and tool that could guide such an approach. In this process, identifying costs and benefits of mitigation is a first step in deciding on measures and enabling instruments, which has to be accompanied by analyses regarding distributional effects (i.e. who gains or loses) related to different targets and policy instruments. As there are risks of future irreversible regime shifts and even system collapses, the assessments have to be broadened to include scenarios on possible future developments as well as ethical considerations. In particular, a deeper sustainable management strategy may be needed to respond to possible future increases in the rate of environmental change, amongst growing evidence of external pressures, interactions and non-linear dynamics. This adaptive management strategy should focus on building the resilience required to cope with and adapt to change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive marine management,baltic sea,cost–benefit analysis,balance sheet approach,future scenarios,sdg 1 - no poverty,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/no_poverty
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE)
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:07
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.04.010


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