Processes for the sustainable stewardship of marine environments

Scharin, Henrik; Ericsdotter, Siv; Elliott, M. (Michael), 1952 November 3-; Turner, R. Kerry; Niiranen, Susa, 1982-; Blenckner, Thorsten; Hyytiäinen, Kari; Ahlvik, Lassi; Ahtiainen, Heini; Artell, Janne; Hasselström, Linus; Söderqvist, Tore‏; Rockström, Johan

Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies
Adaptive marine management; Baltic Sea; Cost–benefit analysis; Balance sheet approach; Future scenarios
2016

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Abstract

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.

Publisher
The University of Hull
Peer reviewed
Yes
Language
English
Extent
2 MB
Identifier
hull:13233

Journal

Journal title
Ecological economics
Publication date
2016
Publisher
Elsevier
DOI
10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.04.010
ISSN (Print)
0921-8009
ISSN (Electronic)
1873-6106
Volume
128
Start page
55
End page
67
Notes

Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Ecological economics, 2016, v.128

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