About this Research Topic
Governance of the land-sea social-ecological system is an evolving paradigm that challenges to overcome sectoral and jurisdictional divides in management while also emphasizing human interaction with the ecosystem properties. According to Pittman and Armitage (2016) the challenges to governing this land-sea system revolves around three main themes: 1) boundary determination, 2) governance scale, and 3) access to knowledge. Of primary concern is access to knowledge. To realize sustainability and conservation of this system, knowledge not only needs to be integrated from diverse sources, but also needs to span traditional research foci (e.g. ecology). Coastal areas or the land-sea interface are an interesting case as they are seen as areas of high promise for such things as renewable energy and food security. New industries such as fish farming and energy production bring tremendous societal benefits, but also impose social and environmental challenges. Environmental changes and calls for sustainable management practices mean the best knowledge possible is needed to inform decisions in this complex transboundary ecosystem. This Research Topic looks for examples of enhancing integration of knowledge across a variety of foci in the land-sea interface. Examples from ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, as well as virtual research environments and spatial data management systems. For this, we solicit reviews, original research articles, opinion, and method papers.
Keywords: Conservation, Land-sea, Ecosystem, Knowledge, Governance
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