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Priority questions to shape the marine and coastal policy research agenda in the United Kingdom
Rees, S.; Fletcher, S.; Glegg, G.; Marshall, C.; Rodwell, L.; Jefferson, R.; Campbell, M.; Langmead, O.; Ashley, M.; Bloomfield, H.; Brutto, D.; Colenutt, A.; Conversi, A.; Earll, B.; Hattam, C.; Ingram, S.; McKinley, E.; Mee, L.; Oates, J.; Peckett, F.; Portus, J.; Reed, M.; Rogers, S.; Saunders, J.; Scales, K.; Wynn, R. (2013). Priority questions to shape the marine and coastal policy research agenda in the United Kingdom. Mar. Policy 38: 531-537. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.09.002
In: Marine Policy. Pergamon: Guildford. ISSN 0308-597X, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Marine conservation; Marine planning; Marine citizenship; Ecosystem services; Data; Governance

Authors  Top 
  • Rees, S.
  • Fletcher, S.
  • Glegg, G.
  • Marshall, C.
  • Rodwell, L.
  • Jefferson, R.
  • Campbell, M.
  • Langmead, O.
  • Ashley, M.
  • Bloomfield, H.
  • Brutto, D.
  • Colenutt, A.
  • Conversi, A.
  • Earll, B.
  • Hattam, C.
  • Ingram, S.
  • McKinley, E.
  • Mee, L.
  • Oates, J.
  • Peckett, F.
  • Portus, J.
  • Reed, M.
  • Rogers, S.
  • Saunders, J.
  • Scales, K.
  • Wynn, R.

Abstract
    United Kingdom (UK) and European Union policy is rapidly developing to meet international targets for the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment. To inform this process, research needs to keep pace with these changes and research questions must be focused on providing robust scientific evidence. Thirty four priority research questions within six broad themes were identified by delegates who attended the 1st marine and coastal policy Forum, hosted by the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at Plymouth University in June 2011. The priority questions formed through this research are timely and reflect the pace and change of marine policy in the UK in response to international, European and national policy drivers. Within the data theme, the majority of questions seek to find improved procedures to manage and use data effectively. Questions related to governance focus on how existing policies should be implemented. The marine conservation questions focus entirely upon implementation and monitoring of existing policy. Questions related to ecosystem services focus on research to support the conceptual links between ecosystem services, ecosystem function, and marine management. Questions relating to marine citizenship are fundamental questions about the nature of societal engagement with the sea. Finally, the marine planning questions focus upon understanding the general approaches to be taken to marine planning rather than its detailed implementation. The questions that have emerged from this process vary in scale, approach and focus. They identify the interdisciplinary science that is currently needed to enable the UK to work towards delivering its European and international commitments to achieve the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment.

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