[Coral-List] Why we are failing to repair coral reefs
sale at uwindsor.ca
Wed Oct 22 12:11:17 EDT 2014
I generally agree with your sentiments regarding western economic systems
and consumerism, but I also believe we have to work with the tools and
social systems we have rather than the ones we might want, and I think you
have misunderstood the way in which I see marine spatial planning (MSP) to
be a useful tool.
In a sense, in the approach we advocated in our 2014 Mar Poll Bull
article, MSP is being used as a Trojan horse to bring about effective,
long-lasting, integrated effort by the assortment of local and national
administrative agencies with management responsibilities in the coastal
ocean or upland to it, the agencies in neighboring political entities -
towns, provinces, nations - with similar management responsibilities, and
the full suite of stakeholders - fishers, tourism operators, aquaculture
ventures, etc, and local residents. Bringing all these groups together in
a sustained way would lead to a more holistic, and regionally scaled
approach to coastal management that is clearly necessary, and frequently
not achieved. There may be other tools for achieving this, but I've not
yet heard of any and MSP seems useful.
Meaningful improvement to coastal management will still require real,
committed leadership among these groups, and such leadership can rarely be
brought in from outside (although outside agencies can nourish and support
leaders). That leadership must be capable of bringing real governmental
commitment and financial support for the efforts undertaken.
In one sense, the zoned map generated by MSP is almost irrelevant beside
the building of effective, committed collaborative work to improve and
I think that while we probably cannot bring our management of ALL the
coastal tropics to a desired level of effectiveness without some radical
changes to economies and our consumerist culture, it should be possible to
make real improvements at a significant number of localities where the
leadership exists and the stars are aligned to favor such change. A
greater percentage of regions with effective coastal management than we
have at present is a goal worth working towards.
Finally, I'd love to work with my local community (and I do) but we do not
have any reefs near here! Those of you who do live in the tropics have a
big challenge, but it is not impossible. And all of us can continue the
other battle -- to get the world off carbon-intensive fuels.
sale at uwindsor.ca @PeterSale3
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