Opportunities and constraints for implementing integrated land–sea management on islands

Jupiter, Stacy D., Wenger, Amelia, Klein, Carissa J., Albert, Simon, Mangubhai, Sangeeta, Nelson, Joanna, Teneva, Lida, Tulloch, Vivitskaia J., White, Alan T. and Watson, James E. M. (2017) Opportunities and constraints for implementing integrated land–sea management on islands. Environmental Conservation, 44 3: 254-266. doi:10.1017/S0376892917000091

Author Jupiter, Stacy D.
Wenger, Amelia
Klein, Carissa J.
Albert, Simon
Mangubhai, Sangeeta
Nelson, Joanna
Teneva, Lida
Tulloch, Vivitskaia J.
White, Alan T.
Watson, James E. M.
Title Opportunities and constraints for implementing integrated land–sea management on islands
Journal name Environmental Conservation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-4387
Publication date 2017-09-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0376892917000091
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 254
End page 266
Total pages 13
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Abstract Despite a growing body of literature on integrated land-sea management (ILSM), very little critical assessment has been conducted in order to evaluate ILSM in practice on island systems. Here we develop indicators for assessing 10 integrated island management principles and evaluate the performance of planning and implementation in four island ILSM projects from the tropical Pacific across different governance structures. We find that where customary governance is still strongly respected and enabled through national legislation, ILSM in practice can be very effective at restricting access and use according to fluctuations in resource availability. However, decision-making under customary governance systems may be vulnerable to mismanagement. Government-led ILSM processes have the potential to design management actions that address the spatial scale of ecosystem processes and threats within the context of national policy and legislation, but may not fully capture broad stakeholder interests, and implementation may be poorly coordinated across highly dispersed island archipelagos. Private sector partnerships offer unique opportunities for resourcing island ILSM, although these are highly likely to be geared towards private sector interests that may change in the future and no longer align with community and/or national objectives. We identify consistent challenges that arise during island ILSM planning and implementation and offer recommendations for improvement.
Keyword Community-based management
Integrated coastal management
Integrated island management
Management implementation
Tropical Pacific
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID EF-1427453
Institutional Status UQ

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