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Alexandririds, K. ., Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, VI, USA, kalexan@uvi.edu
DeFreitas, D. ., Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security, University of Wollongong, QLD, Australia,

PERCEPTIONS AND FALLACIES IN SPATIAL PLANNING & DECISION-MAKING: INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC REALITIES TO MARINE ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT

This paper will address how the multiplicity of perceptions, different ranges of attitudes, expectations, and aspirations from diverse community and stakeholder groups, as well as key fallacies, misconceptions and paradoxes that found their way decision making (and decision-makers) are critically affecting our ability to address marine and spatial planning challenges. They also prevent us from generating opportunities for a new and integrated ecosystem-based approach to addressing the complexity of interactions across spatial, social, and temporal scales. We will use a case study in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia's North Queensland's coast to look at community and stakeholder (fisher's) perceptions towards marine conservation zones and planning efficiency in general. We will demonstrate how perceptions of adequate consultation are as likely to affect community and stakeholder adoption of marine spatial planning protected zones, than other important conservation or environmental factors, across a range of spatially explicit zones. We finally will provide a set of inferences and recommendations for directions and challenges on promoting a decision-theoretic, ecosystem-based, coupled systems approach to marine and spatial planning/ decision-making.

Session #:S75
Date: 02-15-2011
Time: 15:00

Presentation is given by student: No