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Diversity 2012, 4(4), 419-452; doi:10.3390/d4040419

The Challenge of Managing Marine Biodiversity: A Practical Toolkit for a Cartographic, Territorial Approach

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DiSTAV, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell'Ambiente e della Vita, Università di Genova, Corso Europa 26, I-16132 Genova, Italy
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CoReUs2, IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), Laboratoire Arago, BP 44, 66651 Banyuls-sur-mer, France
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Immeuble Henri Poincaré, Domaine du Petit Arbois, Avenue Louis Philibert, 13857 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 3, France
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Seascape Evaluation Assessment and Mapping (SEAMap) srl, Environmental Consulting, Via Ponti 11, 17052 Borghetto Santo Spirito (SV), Italy
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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, USA
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Received: 3 September 2012 / Revised: 8 October 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 23 November 2012
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Abstract

An approach to the management of marine biodiversity was developed based on two levels of environmental diagnostics: (1) the characterization (to identify types), and (2) the evaluation (to define status and values). Both levels involve the production of maps, namely: (i) morphobathymetry and sedimentology; (ii) habitats; (iii) natural emergencies; (iv) degradation and risk; (v) weighted vulnerability; (vi) environmental quality; and, (vii) susceptibility to use. A general methodological aspect that must be stated first is the need of dividing the mapped area in territorial units corresponding to submultiples of the UTM grid and having different sizes according to the scale adopted. Territorial units (grid cells) are assigned to one of five classes of evaluation, ranging from high necessity of conservation or protection to non-problematic, unimportant or already compromised (according to the specific map) situations. Depending on the scale, these maps are suited for territorial planning (small scales, allowing for a synoptic view) or for administration and decision making (large scales, providing detail on local situations and problems). Mapping should be periodically repeated (diachronic cartography) to assure an efficient tool for integrated coastal zone management. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrated coastal zone management; natural emergencies; weighted vulnerability; environmental quality; susceptibility to use; marine protected areas integrated coastal zone management; natural emergencies; weighted vulnerability; environmental quality; susceptibility to use; marine protected areas
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Bianchi, C.N.; Parravicini, V.; Montefalcone, M.; Rovere, A.; Morri, C. The Challenge of Managing Marine Biodiversity: A Practical Toolkit for a Cartographic, Territorial Approach. Diversity 2012, 4, 419-452.

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