Report 438
A review of methodologies that could be used to formulate ecologically meaningful targets for marine habitat coverage within the UK MPA network
(2011)
Rondinini, C
This report reviews the relevant literature on formulating ecologically meaningful targets for habitat coverage within a protected area network.

Summary

 
 
 

Humans have many competing interests on the use of space (i.e. land, water, and air) and resources on Earth. The conservation of biodiversity is only one of these interests; others include activities with a well known economic return (e.g. agriculture, farming, estate building, fishing, and aquaculture). For this reason planning for the current and future use of space and resources needs overarching, broad goals to be stated, along with explicit, quantitative targets that are derived from these goals.

 

This report reviews the relevant literature on formulating ecologically meaningful targets for habitat coverage within a protected area network. This included published peer-reviewed journal articles and unpublished grey literature, with research findings and conservation plans from around the world covering terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This review assesses the amount and quality of data required by each approach against the data available for the task, and a SWOT analysis is undertaken to evaluate the methodologies reviewed. 

 
 
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Please cite as: Rondinini, C, (2011), A review of methodologies that could be used to formulate ecologically meaningful targets for marine habitat coverage within the UK MPA network, JNCC Report 438, ISSN 0963-8091