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Analyzing the (mis)fit between the institutional and ecological networks of the Indo - West Pacific

Treml, Eric A. and Fidelman, Pedro I.J. and Kininmonth, Stuart J. and Ekstrom, Julia A. and Bodin, Örjan (2015) Analyzing the (mis)fit between the institutional and ecological networks of the Indo - West Pacific. Global Environmental Change, 31 . 263- 271. ISSN 0959-3780

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Critical to improving environmental governance is understanding the fit (alignment) between institutional arrangements and key ecological processes. This is particularly true for biodiversity hotpots and ecologically sensitive areas that are subject to significant impacts from human activities. Here, we have developed an innovative approach to quantify ecological-institutional alignment across an environmentally and politically complex large-scale marine social-ecological system. We mapped the trans-boundary networks of marine population dispersal corridors, and intersected these with estimates of cross-country institutional linkages related to marine management and conservation. In integrating large-scale ecological-institutional networks, we identify geopolitical fit and misfit between a region's ecological processes and its governance. We have demonstrated this approach in the Indo-West Pacific region, a global marine biodiversity hotpot in the Indo-West Pacific. We present region-specific institutional and ecological networks, highlight current challenges, and suggest future directions to refine the proposed approach to quantify alignment between ecological processes and governance arrangements. Ultimately, our method has the potential to assist management efforts in prioritizing and strengthening governance to effectively safeguard ecological processes across multiple jurisdictions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Connectivity, Coral reefs, Coral Triangle, Governance, Networks, Social�ecological system
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Marine Studies
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 00:11
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 00:11

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