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Keeping the ‘Great’ in the Great Barrier Reef: Large-Scale Governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

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dc.contributor.author Evans, Louisa S.
dc.contributor.author Ban, Natalie C.
dc.contributor.author Schoon, Michael
dc.contributor.author Nenadovic, Mateja
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-17T15:08:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-17T15:08:31Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9591
dc.description.abstract "As part of an international collaboration to compare large-scale commons, we used the Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database (SESMAD) to systematically map out attributes of and changes in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) in Australia. We focus on eight design principles from common-pool resource (CPR) theory and other key social-ecological systems governance variables, and explore to what extent they help explain the social and ecological outcomes of park management through time. Our analysis showed that commercial fisheries management and the re-zoning of the GBRMP in 2004 led to improvements in ecological condition of the reef, particularly fisheries. These boundary and rights changes were supported by effective monitoring, sanctioning and conflict resolution. Moderate biophysical connectivity was also important for improved outcomes. However, our analysis also highlighted that continued challenges to improved ecological health in terms of coral cover and biodiversity can be explained by fuzzy boundaries between land and sea, and the significance of external drivers to even large-scale social-ecological systems (SES). While ecological and institutional fit in the marine SES was high, this was not the case when considering the coastal SES. Nested governance arrangements become even more important at this larger scale. To our knowledge, our paper provides the first analysis linking the re-zoning of the GBRMP to CPR and SES theory. We discuss important challenges to coding large-scale systems for meta-analysis." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject coral reefs en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject Great Barrier Reef en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject marine resources en_US
dc.title Keeping the ‘Great’ in the Great Barrier Reef: Large-Scale Governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Theory en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country Australia en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal International Journal of the Commons en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 8 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 396-427 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth August en_US


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