[Coral-List] Request for input: How do differences in environmental and political/management time scales affect your work?
meam at sdcarr.com
meam at sdcarr.com
Thu Nov 3 14:31:01 EDT 2016
I edit the publication Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) which
covers ocean planning and EBM worldwide. The presidential election in the
United States has us at MEAM thinking a lot about political cycles (all over
the world) and what they mean for ocean management and conservation work.
And weâd like to input from diverse practitioners all over the world as we
cover that issue. Given a lot of the recent discussions on Coral List, I
imagine those of you working on coral systems have a tremendous amount to
say on this topic.
The issue and questions: So the time scales at which ocean issues develop
and can be addressed (e.g., sea level rise, ocean acidification, coral
bleaching, loss of biodiversity) often stretch over decades â or centuries
â whereas political cycles and management regimes often last for only a few
years. How does the disconnect between the time scales of problem
development and policy response affect your work? Are good projects
abandoned or never even started? Have you found ways to keep working towards
long-term solutions despite shifting governance and priorities? Do you have
any suggestions for other conservation/management practitioners dealing with
We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences (from anywhere in the
world) and include them (on the record or anonymously) in the next issue of
MEAM. You can send contributions of any length to me at meam at sdcarr.com.
I need the input by Friday, November 11, to potentially include it in the
It would be great to hear from practitioners not on Coral List as well, so
please forward this request to colleagues!
Sarah D. Carr
Editor, Marine Ecosystems and Management
E-mail: meam at sdcarr.com
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