In the newly published article 18 scientists present a transdisciplinary approach based on the Delphi method forecasting process framework, for mapping and evaluating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for their ability to protect biodiversity while providing Ecosystem Services (ES) and related human well-being benefits. 

Henrik Svedäng, Baltic Sea Centre

- We highlight the need to include the human dimensions of marine protection in such assessments, given that their effectiveness over time is conditional on the social, cultural, and institutional contexts in which they evolve, says Henrik Svedäng, at the Baltic Sea Centre. 

In support of an Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), the scientists propose an overall approach to explore and map biodiversity and ES components in MPAs and their linkages to human well-being. They also highlight the importance of MPAs to support objectives for restoration, conservation, and sustainable development in relation to EU Directives such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSPD), and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Henrik Svedäng, Sofia Wikström and Maciej Tomczak from the Baltic Sea Centre are among the authors of this paper.  

  • TITLE: Mapping and Evaluating Marine Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services: A Transdisciplinary Delphi Forecasting Process Framework
  • Read full article at: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution