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Marine Planning Case Studies

The following case studies illustrate the use of marine spatial planning (MSP) and ecosystem-based management (EBM) to address multiple objectives. The case studies show how decision support methods and interactive decision support systems are applied in practice.

Marine Planning Stories   from the field

Stories can communicate messages which cannot always be conveyed through other means. These digital stories are told from the perspective of marine planning practitioners. Read more...

Indonesia – Raja Ampat   Marine Zoning

As part of a long-term conservation initiative in the Bird’s Head Seascape of Indonesia, striving to sustain both biodiversity and the livelihoods of the people who live there, this project worked to support the development of zoning plans for marine protected areas in the Raja Ampat archipelago. Read more...

St. Kitts and Nevis   Marine Zoning

This project initiated a marine spatial planning process and drafted a marine zoning design for a small island nation in the Eastern Caribbean, St. Kitts and Nevis. It did not focus narrowly on conservation, fisheries, or another individual sector but instead took a multi-objective approach. Read more...

Venezuela   Energy Development

This project established a zoning scheme for offshore oil and gas exploitation that also protects priority areas for biodiversity conservation. Read more...

USA – Gulf of Mexico   Coastal Hazards

This project identified coastal wetlands that are valuable for both supporting biodiversity and protecting human populations from storm damage. Read more...

USA – West Coast   Fisheries

This project developed specific management options to meet objectives for both fishery production and biodiversity conservation. Read more...

USA – Pacific Northwest   Land-Sea Integration

These projects used an integrated, spatial analysis of marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems in a region. They identified networks of potential protected areas that would meet goals for biodiversity conservation with lower economic costs than when ecosystems were analyzed separately. Read more...

See Also ...

See the Interactive Decision Support section for more information and case studies related to specific interactive decision support systems. Read more...

St. Kitts and Nevis   Marine Zoning

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