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The ecological sustainability trigon – A proposed conceptual framework for creating and testing management scenarios
Marques, J.C.; Basset, A.; Brey, T.; Elliott, M. (2009). The ecological sustainability trigon – A proposed conceptual framework for creating and testing management scenarios. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 58(12): 1773-1779
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, more
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Keywords
    Ecosystems; Environment management; Environmental policy; Estuaries; Marine environment; Sustainability; Sustainable development; Marine

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  • Marques, J.C.
  • Basset, A.
  • Brey, T.
  • Elliott, M., more

Abstract
    The ability to achieve ecological sustainability and the sustainable development of marine and estuarine ecosystems constitutes a complex major challenge and depends on many driving forces, often conflicting with each other. In particular, there are three major drivers: (a) the search for human well-being, health and safety, (b) the maintenance of ecological sustainability and environmental equilibrium, and (c) the tolerance of an increasing human population pressure and demand for wealth creation.

    We propose here the use of a conceptual guidance tool the ecological sustainability trigon (EST) as a means of building and testing environmental management scenarios. Although it requires further testing, the EST allows us to (a) address those three major drivers using human society view as a common currency, and (b) describe our behaviour, energetics (economy) and dynamics through ecological theory. Moreover, the EST appears promising for gap analysis and the means to address new research questions.


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