The Missing Layers: Integrating Sociocultural Values Into Marine Spatial Planning.
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Pennino, Maria Grazia
Lopes, Priscila F. M.
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Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a relatively new approach to ocean management and has been widely implemented worldwide. Ideally, MSP should be established as a public process that analyzes and distributes human activities across space and time to achieve ecological, economic and social goals, which historically have been accomplished exclusively in the political arena. However, in most cases MSP seems to be driven primarily by economic interests rather than by sociocultural goals. In this paper, we discuss how integrating the missing sociocultural layers into MSP can help to reduce governance rigidity, promote adaptability in decision-making, support environmental justice, and improve MSP acceptance and uptake. In particular, we focus on identifying possible points of connection between MSP and frameworks based on social-ecological system theory, including co-management and other democratic and empowering alternatives. We conclude by proposing a new definition of the MSP .....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.5
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
CitationPennino, M.G., Brodie, S., Frainer, A., Lopes, P.F.M., Lopez, J., Ortega-Cisneros, K., Selim, S. and Vaidianu, N. (2021) The Missing Layers: Integrating Sociocultural Values Into Marine Spatial Planning. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8:633198, 8pp. DOI 10.3389/fmars.2021.633198
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