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Do marine protected areas deliver flows of ecosystem services to support human welfare?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by T Potts, D Burdon, Emma JacksonEmma Jackson, J Atkins, J Saunders, E Hastings, O Langmead
This paper examines the potential relationships between the ecosystem services provided by the coastal and marine environment and the designation of marine protected areas. The hypothesis is that relationships exist between the provision of ecosystem services and the features protected by marine protected areas. It is considered that protection will maintain these features in good ecological condition and in some cases will restore ecological functioning with positive effects on the delivery of ecosystem services, as pressures upon the protected features are reduced. As the number of marine protected area designations grows, system-wide effects to communities from improvements in delivery of a range of ecosystem services may be realised. This paper provides a comparative analysis of the jurisdictional marine protected area policies proposed by the English, Welsh and Scottish Governments. It presents structured assessment matrices developed from the literature and expert opinion, of ecosystem service provision by marine protected habitats and species and applies the findings to a range of existing UK marine protected areas to demonstrate its relevance. The approach and case study findings are discussed within the wider context of marine ecosystem services and marine protected area management.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

44

Start Page

139

End Page

148

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

0308-597X

Location

Netherlands

Publisher

Elsevier

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

04/08/2013

External Author Affiliations

Fugro EMU Limited; Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies; Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom; School of Medical and Applied Sciences (2013- ); Scottish Association for Marine Science; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Marine Policy