From Marxan to management: ocean zoning with stakeholders for Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah, Malaysia

Jumin, Robecca, Binson, Augustine, McGowan, Jennifer, Magupin, Sikula, Beger, Maria, Brown, Christopher J., Possingham, Hugh P. and Klein, Carissa (2017) From Marxan to management: ocean zoning with stakeholders for Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah, Malaysia. ORYX, . doi:10.1017/S0030605316001514

Author Jumin, Robecca
Binson, Augustine
McGowan, Jennifer
Magupin, Sikula
Beger, Maria
Brown, Christopher J.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Klein, Carissa
Title From Marxan to management: ocean zoning with stakeholders for Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah, Malaysia
Journal name ORYX   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-3008
Publication date 2017-05-08
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0030605316001514
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 12
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Tun Mustapha Park, in Sabah, Malaysia, was gazetted in May 2016 and is the first multiple-use park in Malaysia where conservation, sustainable resource use and development co-occur within one management framework. We applied a systematic conservation planning tool, Marxan with Zones, and stakeholder consultation to design and revise the draft zoning plan. This process was facilitated by Sabah Parks, a government agency, and WWF-Malaysia, under the guidance of the Tun Mustapha Park steering committee and with support from the University of Queensland. Four conservation and fishing zones, including no-take areas, were developed, each with representation and replication targets for key marine habitats, and a range of socio-economic and community objectives. Here we report on how decision-support tools informed the reserve design process in three planning stages: prioritization, government review, and community consultation. Using marine habitat and species representation as a reporting metric, we describe how the zoning plan changed at each stage of the design process. We found that the changes made to the zoning plan by the government and stakeholders resulted in plans that compromised the achievement of conservation targets because no-take areas were moved away from villages and the coastline, where unique habitats are located. The design process highlights a number of lessons learned for future conservation zoning, which we believe will be useful as many other places embark on similar zoning processes on land and in the sea.
Keyword Biodiversity
Coral Triangle Initiative
marine protected area
sustainable resource use
systematic conservation planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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