Marine population connectivity identifies ecological neighbors for conservation planning in the Coral Triangle

Treml, Eric A. and Halpin, Pat N. (2012) Marine population connectivity identifies ecological neighbors for conservation planning in the Coral Triangle. Conservation Letters, 5 6: 441-449. doi:10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00260.x


Author Treml, Eric A.
Halpin, Pat N.
Title Marine population connectivity identifies ecological neighbors for conservation planning in the Coral Triangle
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00260.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 6
Start page 441
End page 449
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Robust conservation plans seek to accommodate functional connectivity by establishing regional priorities and through decisions regarding the size and placement of protected areas. In marine systems, connectivity refers to the ecological linkages (primarily larval dispersal) between populations and protected areas. Unfortunately, connectivity data for the majority of populations are unavailable, requiring managers to rely on expert knowledge and general "scale" and "distance" guidelines. We present a novel approach for integrating model-based connectivity estimates into the conservation planning framework. We quantify multispecies connectivity across the Indo-Pacific and demonstrate how this informs conservation planning in the Coral Triangle across three levels: countries, ecoregions, and priority seascapes. The emergent network structure of ecological linkages between planning regions complements the current bioregionalization across the Coral Triangle. This new ecological network perspective will help (re)define partnerships and assist in coordinating policy actions, ultimately leading to a more effective planning process.
Keyword Connectivity
Conservation
Coral reef
Coral Triangle
Ecoregions
Network analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Early View - Article first published online: 6 JUL 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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