Graduate Pursuit: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Using Marine Protected Areas to Investigate Potential Socio-Ecological Impacts of Climate Change in Marine Spatial Planning

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Monday, December 3, 2018 - 09:00 to Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 17:00

 

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Using Marine Protected Areas to Investigate Potential Socio-Ecological Impacts of Climate Change in Marine Spatial Planning

Marine  protected  areas  (MPAs)  are  an  important  tool  in  the  context  of  marine  spatial planning  where resources  are  managed  according  to  specific  regulations  that  typically  focus  on conservation and sustainable harvesting. Marine species are shifting their distribution because of climate  change  towards  colder  waters,  potentially  compromising  the  benefits  and  management objectives  of  currently  established  MPAs.  Therefore,  it  remains  unclear  what  is  the  long-term effectiveness  of  MPAs  for  conservation,  fisheries,  and  reliant  communities  under  a  changing climate. We  propose  to  use  MPAsas  an  example  of  marine  spatial  planning  to  explore  the ecological, economic and social implications of climate change in the world’s oceans. More specifically, we aim to (1) quantify the impacts that shifts in species distribution due to climate change will have on the current economic value of MPAsworldwide, and (2) investigatethe socio-economic implications of these species shifts to local communities that depend on MPAs for eco-tourism, generated income, and food security.Overall, we will link a species distribution dataset with  relevant  fisheries  economics  indices,  eco-tourism  uses  of  MPAs,  and  food  security information  for  indigenous  communities,  and  further  couple  this  database  with  MPA  coverage information.  Finally,  we  will  focus  on  four  case  studies  to  identify  social  impacts  and  locally relevant policy options based on their ecological, social, and economic context. Although we focus on MPAs and fisheries, the developmentand testing of this framework can inform different types of  spatial  planning  and  inform  policy  towards  the  design  of  effective  adaptive  management solutions under a changing climate. 

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Project Meeting
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Private Working Group
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