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Linking social and biophysical systems to inform long-term, strategic management of coral reefs

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posted on 2021-06-01, 00:00 authored by Micheli CostaMicheli Costa, R Gorddard, P Fidelman, K J Helmstedt, K R N Anthony, K A Wilson, H L Beyer

Coral reefs are one of the ecosystems most sensitive to climate change. The recent loss and degradation of coral reef ecosystems is expected to continue even if global warming is limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. There is therefore an urgent need to develop new technologies and management approaches to coral reef conservation. Emerging technologies, however, bring new challenges for decision making as they are associated with novel risks and impacts on the reef system. We argue that accounting for multiple biophysical thresholds and identifying key decisions in the planning process are crucial to avoid perverse outcomes in coral reef conservation. We identify opportunities to apply an Adaptation Pathways (AP) framework combined with a ‘values, rules and knowledge’ approach to facilitate long-term and large-scale coral reef conservation by explicitly considering uncertainty with climate change impacts in the decision-making process. The AP process can be used to reconcile the diverse values of stakeholders, scientific and cultural knowledge about the system, and the policy and regulatory context within which management must occur, in order to achieve robust long-term management.

History

Journal

Pacific Conservation Biology

Volume

27

Issue

2

Pagination

126 - 132

Publisher

CSIRO PUBLISHING

ISSN

1038-2097

eISSN

2204-4604

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal