He who hesitates is lost: why conservation in the Mediterranean Sea is necessary and possible now

Portman, Michelle E., Notarbartolo-di-Sciara, Giuseppe, Agardy, Tundi, Katsanevakis, Stelios, Possingham, Hugh P. and Di-Carlo, Giuseppe (2013) He who hesitates is lost: why conservation in the Mediterranean Sea is necessary and possible now. Marine Policy, 42 270-279. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2013.03.004

Author Portman, Michelle E.
Notarbartolo-di-Sciara, Giuseppe
Agardy, Tundi
Katsanevakis, Stelios
Possingham, Hugh P.
Di-Carlo, Giuseppe
Title He who hesitates is lost: why conservation in the Mediterranean Sea is necessary and possible now
Journal name Marine Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-597X
Publication date 2013-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.03.004
Volume 42
Start page 270
End page 279
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Although significant advancements on protecting marine biodiversity and ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea have been made, much remains to be done to achieve the targets set by the Convention for Biological Diversity (and the Barcelona Convention) and ratified by the 21 Mediterranean governments. Particularly, these targets require the design and implementation of an ecologically representative network of marine protected areas that covers 10% of the Mediterranean surface by 2020. Despite the many efforts to gather spatial information about threats to the Mediterranean and conservation planning initiatives that identify sensitive areas for conservation, we are far from achieving this target. In this paper, we briefly review existing and proposed conservation initiatives at various scales throughout the Mediterranean to recognise those that have political endorsement and those that serve more as lobbying tools. We then propose a model process that can be applied to advance marine spatial planning within the eleven ecologically and biologically significant areas (EBSAs) through a multi-step process designed for moving conservation forward in this particularly complex region. The proposed process combines tenets of professional urban/regional planning and systematic conservation planning. As shown with two specific examples, despite some conventional wisdom, there is enough information on the Mediterranean Sea to move forward with ecosystem-based marine spatial management for conservation purposes using the EBSAs as a starting point - and the time is right to do so.
Keyword Advocacy planning
Ecologically and biologically significant areas
Incremental planning
Marine protected areas
Mediterranean Sea
Rational comprehensive planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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