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Sarda R.,CSIC - Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes | O'higgins T.,Scottish Association for Marine Science | Cormier R.,Gulf | Diedrich A.,James Cook University | And 2 more authors.
Ecology and Society | Year: 2014

New coastal and marine management strategies have recently been developed in many countries and regions. From an ecosystem approach perspective, the aim of such strategies is the maintenance of ecosystem integrity while enabling the sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services. There is, however, a need for harmonized definitions and standardized processes to deal not only with the interjurisdictional and multidisciplinary complexities that are associated with such strategies but also with the extensive timelines and resources implicated in the planning and implementation of these strategies. The ecosystem-based management system proposed here is based on three pillars that facilitate the integration of an ecosystem approach to coastal and oceans policy development, regardless of the ecosystem or administrative scales. The managerial pillar is based on classical risk-management systems that incorporate environmental considerations and objectives within a continuous improvement cycle of adaptive management. The managerial pillar is supported by governance structures that provide oversight and thereby ensure that planning and implementation activities adhere to modern environmental principles. The information pillar ensures that data and scientific advice are based on current knowledge, and the participation pillar brings together communication and consultation requirements as indicated by the principles of the ecosystem approach. © 2014 by the author(s). Published here under license by the Resilience Alliance. Source


Balaguer P.,Sistema dObservacio I Prediccio Costaner de les Illes Balears SOCIB | Diedrich A.,Sistema dObservacio I Prediccio Costaner de les Illes Balears SOCIB | Espeja S.,Sistema dObservacio I Prediccio Costaner de les Illes Balears SOCIB | Bardolet M.,Direccio General de Medi Natural | TINTORe J.,CSIC - Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies
Bolleti de la Societat d'Historia Natural de les Balears | Year: 2015

The area of land and sea protected by statutory designations corresponds to an indicator of Governance of System of Indicators for Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) in the Balearic Islands proposed by Official Opinion 5/2007 of the Economic and Social Council (CES) of the Balearic Islands. The main objective is to obtain the joint evolution of the surface of protected areas of land and sea irrespective of the degree of protection, management and purpose that can respond to conservation reasons or as a tool of containment to processes of urban expansion. General results show an extension of 144,240 ha of protected land (39,7% of the area of Mallorca and Cabrera) and 103,240 ha of marine protected areas (48,3% of the internal waters of Mallorca). Obtained results could be a reference tool that encourages the development of Strategic Environmental Assessment and provide sustainability for future planning with a territorial manifestation. Source

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