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Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning: co-evolution or competition?

Peter Jones’s keynote lecture in Lisbon

Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning: co-evolution or competition?

Dr Peter Jones presented a keynote lecture at an OECD Workshop  on The Future of Maritime Spatial Planning and Ocean Monitoring: What Potential for Economic Tools and Satellite Technology?, held in Lisbon on 5 June 2015.

Peter’s presentation, Marine Protected Areas and Marine Spatial Planning: co-evolution or competition?, discussed the evolutionary links between Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Marine Spatial Planning (MSP).

He argued that integrated-use MSP is becoming a competitor to ecosystem-based MSP, leading to the marginalisation of MPAs.

MSP needs to coevolve and converge with MPA and wider environmental protection measures to achieve a balance between marine ecosystem protection and sustainable growth across the marine and maritime sectors (i.e. “blue growth”).

Ecosystem-based MSP can provide for both blue growth and good environmental status, including the effective governance of MPAs.

Peter also proposed a programme of MPA case studies across Europe to analyse the effectiveness of different governance approaches and promote the transfer of good practice. This would employ the MPA governance analysis framework (www.mpag.info), which promotes diversity as the key to resilience, both of species in ecosystems and of incentives in governance systems.

Diagram: Figure 4 of Governing Marine Protected Areas: resilience through diversity (Jones 2014, pp.34-35, Routledge).

See: http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfwpej/pdf/MPAsandMSP.pdf

 


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