Developing best practice for using Marxan to locate Marine Protected Areas in European waters

Smith, Robert J. and Eastwood, Paul D. and Ota, Yoshitaka and Rogers, Stuart I. (2009) Developing best practice for using Marxan to locate Marine Protected Areas in European waters. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66 (1). pp. 188-194. ISSN 1054-3129. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Several recent studies have investigated the use of the conservation planning software Marxan to design Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks in UK waters. The systematic conservation planning approach embodied by Marxan has a number of advantages, but these studies have highlighted the need for guidance and advice on best practice. Here, we discuss two broad topics that we feel should inform future developments in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union. First, several technical issues need to be addressed to ensure the scientific defensibility of any conservation planning project. These include identifying which conservation features should be represented in an MPA system, developing a system for setting representation targets, and identifying which data should be included to minimize conflict with human uses of the sea. Second, it is necessary for researchers to engage at an early stage with those responsible for implementation and recognize that reserve selection should be part of a broader conservation planning process centred on a stakeholder-developed implementation strategy. A more-inclusive approach will make use of technical outputs, such as those generated by Marxan, as part of the process of policy development.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [104] CHARM 2
Uncontrolled keywords: biodiversity, fisheries, marine conservation planning, reserve selection
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Bob Smith
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2009 14:15
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 09:51
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/15806 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

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