MEPS 434:201-202 (2011)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps09279

INTRODUCTION
Biodiversity, ecosystems and coastal zone management: linking science and policy

D. M. Paterson1, 2, N. D. Hanley1, 3, K. Black1, 4, E. C. Defew1, 2,*, M. Solan1, 5

1Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, MASTS, SOI, East Sands, St Andrews, Fyfe KY16 8LB, UK
2Scottish Oceans Institute, East Sands, St Andrews, Fife KY16 8LB, UK
3Management School, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
4Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK
5Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen, Main Street, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire AB41 6AA, UK

ABSTRACT: Coastal zone ecosystems and the goods and services they provide are under increasing pressure from anthropogenic impacts. Climate change and demographic effects are particularly relevant, and it is critical to establish proper control systems (policies) to protect and conserve the wideranging benefits that these systems provide. The concept of 'holistic assessment', the Ecosystem Approach, is now being widely promoted, but the relationship between the science supporting this policy and the development of the policy itself is not always well-coordinated. This Theme Section discusses applications of science to coastal zone management and provides a critique of some approaches.


KEY WORDS: Coastal zone management · Marine policy · Ecosystem Approach · Science policy


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Cite this article as: Paterson DM, Hanley ND, Black K, Defew EC, Solan M (2011) Biodiversity, ecosystems and coastal zone management: linking science and policy. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 434:201-202. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps09279

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