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Assessment of management practices regarding genetic biodiversity in Baltic Sea marine protected areas
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology. Institute of Marine Research, Norway.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology.
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2016 (English)In: Biodiversity and Conservation, ISSN 0960-3115, E-ISSN 1572-9710, Vol. 25, no 6, 1187-1205 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study is to examine, and tentatively explain, how genetic biodiversity is handled in the management of Baltic Sea Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Genetic biodiversity is critical for species' adaptation to changing environmental conditions and is protected by international agreements. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that genetic biodiversity is neglected in marine environments and in the management of MPAs. This study focuses on Sweden and Finland, which together govern a substantial part of Baltic Sea MPAs, and builds on in-depth interviews with regional conservation managers that are responsible for establishing and managing these areas. The empirical findings confirm that genetic biodiversity is absent, or plays a minor role, in contemporary MPA management. The findings also provide several possible explanations to this situation: unclear understandings of formal policy, lack of resources, deficient knowledge base, and the managers' own policy beliefs. Policy makers and high-level managers need to consider these aspects in their efforts to protect biodiversity.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 6, 1187-1205 p.
Keyword [en]
Biodiversity, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Genetic variation, HELCOM, MPA, Marine management, Marine policy, Implementation resources, Policy beliefs
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Biological Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132418DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1121-yISI: 000379007200010OAI: diva2:952249
Available from: 2016-08-12 Created: 2016-08-11 Last updated: 2016-08-12Bibliographically approved

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