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A hierarchical framework to aid biodiversity assessment for coastal zone management and marine protected area selection

Campbell, ML and Hewitt, CL 2006 , 'A hierarchical framework to aid biodiversity assessment for coastal zone management and marine protected area selection' , Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 49, no. 3-4 , pp. 133-146 , doi:

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The need to rapidly and accurately identify areas for protection and conservation in the marine
environment has been highlighted as of critical importance. Managers require timely and costeffective
techniques to obtain biodiversity information at appropriate scales and resolutions aligned
with management objectives and stakeholders requirements. In this paper, a two-stage, multi-level
data collection framework is presented that will aid managers to focus on what marine biodiversity
collection techniques will meet their individual jurisdictional needs.
The framework begins with an integrated planning process (objective setting, stakeholder
identification, and sensitivity and gap analyses), that leads to a hierarchical approach for selecting
biodiversity assessment techniques that will gather required marine biodiversity data. Complexity of
scale and resolution increases as one progress’s through the hierarchical levels of Stage II. The utility
of using a hierarchical framework is that it surmounts the problem that no single technique can
quantify all biological attributes necessary for management outcomes. Also, the user enters the
framework at a hierarchical level that meets their requirements thus removing the collection of
redundant data. Ultimately, the rapid assessment framework is based on the efficient and sufficient
assessment of marine biodiversity.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Campbell, ML and Hewitt, CL
Keywords: Marine Protected Area, Marine Planning, Biodiversity, Rapid Assessment
Journal or Publication Title: Ocean and Coastal Management
ISSN: 0964-5691
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