Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Tools for ecosystem-based management in
coastal and marine environments

Sarah Carr, Program Director

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

The persistent degradation of coastal and marine environments has led to calls for an ecosystem-based management that considers all ecosystem components, including humans and the physical environment, rather than managing one issue or resource in isolation. With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, NatureServe’s Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Program is developing a knowledge base of tools that can help facilitate ecosystem-based management (EBM) in coastal and marine environments.  EBM tools can:
-  provide models of ecosystems or key ecosystem processes, including ecological and economic factors
-  help managers and stakeholders visualize and analyze the current state of resources
-  generate scenarios illustrating the consequences of different management decisions on ecosystems, development, and resources
-  facilitate the productive engagement of stakeholders with each other, scientists, and management agencies
This presentation will provide an overview of NatureServe’s EBM tools survey and discuss additional EBM tool development and training activities.

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