Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective

Alvarez-Romero, Jorge G., Adams, Vanessa M., Pressey, Robert L., Douglas, Michael, Dale, Allan P., Auge, Amelie A., Ball, Derek, Childs, John, Digby, Michael, Dobbs, Rebecca, Gobius, Niilo, Hinchley, David, Lancaster, Ian, Maughan, Mirjam and Perdrisat, Ian (2015) Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective. Biological Conservation, 191 799-808. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.07.003

Author Alvarez-Romero, Jorge G.
Adams, Vanessa M.
Pressey, Robert L.
Douglas, Michael
Dale, Allan P.
Auge, Amelie A.
Ball, Derek
Childs, John
Digby, Michael
Dobbs, Rebecca
Gobius, Niilo
Hinchley, David
Lancaster, Ian
Maughan, Mirjam
Perdrisat, Ian
Title Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective
Journal name Biological Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3207
Publication date 2015-07-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.07.003
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 191
Start page 799
End page 808
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Pursuing development and conservation goals often requires thinking and planning across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms because many threats and social–ecological processes transcend realm boundaries. Consequently, effective conservation planning must consider the social and ecological links between realms and follow a cross-realm approach to allocate land/water uses and conservation actions to mitigate cross-realm threats and maintain cross-realm ecological processes. Cross-realm planning requires integrating multiple objectives for conservation and development, and assessing the potential co-benefits and trade-offs between them under alternative development scenarios. Despite progress in cross-realm planning theory, few fully-integrated and applied cross-realm plans exist. The gaps between research and implementation are not unique to cross-realm planning, but are accentuated by the complexity of spatial decision-making entailed. Based on a collaborative process including scientists, resource managers and policy-makers, we developed an operational framework for cross-realm planning based on up-to-date thinking in conservation science, but offering practical guidance to operationalise real-world planning. Our approach has a strong theoretical basis while addressing the visions and needs of decision-makers. We discuss the foundations and limitations of current approaches in cross-realm planning, describe key requirements to undertake this approach, and present a real-world application of our framework.
Keyword Cross-system ecological process
Cross-system threat
Integrated cross-realm planning
Integrated land-sea conservation planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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