Posted by: Bob Payne | November 25, 2011

Interdisciplinary methods to build a socio-ecological decision-making tool to inform marine governance and policy

Marine policies worldwide are failing to achieve sustainability goals because there are few mechanisms to enable policy-makers, scientists and stakeholders to coherently assess policy outcomes. No tools exist to visualise the effect of management measures such as Marine Protected Ares on coastal livelihoods. This is a barrier to valuing marine ecosystems and measuring policy impact on human communities which are socially and economically dependent on vulnerable resources. We develop a framework o capture and value key data types to establish the UK as world leader in marine interdisciplinary policy making.

We use existing data to test the hypothesis that integrated modelling of individual-based economic values, shared social values, socioeconomic factors and marine governance processes with ecosystem characteristics can identify the optimal policy mix to achieve marine health and sustainability. This addresses both central research themes identified in the VNN Science Plan.

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