Incorporating Socioeconomic and Political Drivers of International Collaboration into Marine Conservation Planning

Levin, Noam, Tulloch, Ayesha I. T., Gordon, Ascelin, Mazor, Tessa, Bunnefeld, Nils and Kark, Salit (2013) Incorporating Socioeconomic and Political Drivers of International Collaboration into Marine Conservation Planning. Bioscience, 63 7: 547-563. doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.7.8


Author Levin, Noam
Tulloch, Ayesha I. T.
Gordon, Ascelin
Mazor, Tessa
Bunnefeld, Nils
Kark, Salit
Title Incorporating Socioeconomic and Political Drivers of International Collaboration into Marine Conservation Planning
Journal name Bioscience   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3568
1525-3244
Publication date 2013-07-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1525/bio.2013.63.7.8
Volume 63
Issue 7
Start page 547
End page 563
Total pages 17
Place of publication Cary, United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract International collaboration can be crucial in determining the outcomes of conservation actions. Here, we propose a framework for incorporating demographic, socioeconomic, and political data into conservation prioritization in complex regions shared by multiple countries. As a case study, we quantitatively apply this approach to one of the world's most complex and threatened biodiversity hotspots: the Mediterranean Basin. Our analysis of 22 countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea showed that the strongest economic, trade, tourism, and political ties are clearly among the three northwestern countries of Italy, France, and Spain. Although economic activity between countries is often seen as a threat, it may also serve as an indicator of the potential of collaboration in conservation. Using data for threatened marine vertebrate species, we show how areas prioritized for conservation shift spatially when economic factors are used as a surrogate to favor areas where collaborative potential in conservation is more likely.
Keyword marine conservation planning
international collaboration
Marxan
Mediterranean Sea
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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