Abstract


PUTTING MARINE POLICY INTO PRACTICE: THE USE OF POLICY IN MARINE PROTECTED AREA MANAGEMENT

An ever-growing range of environmental, legal and policy initiatives, such as international agreements, laws and conventions aim to protect biodiversity, and improve management of human activities which impact on marine environments. Along with policies at the international level, complexity is added by a range of national and state policies. For effective management to occur, the intent and goals of these policies at various jurisdictional levels need to be harmonised and integrated. Fragmented sector-based marine management is likely to be a major contributor to the decline in health of oceans, where problems created by a patchwork of policy constrain achievement of management goals. We analyse how the management of Australian marine protected areas (MPAs) is undertaken when applying a range of policy, agreements and legislation, and how the policy implementation process is actually achieved. The implementation of complex marine environmental protection policy requires cooperation and communication amongst key institutions and actors, and necessitates establishment of clear hierarchies, detailed objectives, and specific roles and responsibilities of those implementing policy. We conducted semi-structured interviews with MPA managers, practitioners and policy makers across several Australian jurisdictions. Qualitative data from interviewee responses were categorised, and themes identified. Our results provide evidence for future improvement of policy development, implementation processes, and MPA outcomes in Australia and beyond.

Authors

Fraser, K. A., ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, University of Queensland, Australia, kerrie.fraser@uq.net.au

Adams, V. M., School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland , Australia, v.adams@uq.edu.au

Pressey, R. L., ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,James Cook University, Australia, bob.pressey@jcu.edu.au

Pandolfi, J. M., ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, University of Queensland, Australia, john.pandolfi@uq.edu.au

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:21
Date: 06/23/2016
Time: 16:30
Location: 310 THEATER

Presentation is given by student: Yes