Blue restoration - building confidence and overcoming barriers

Stewart-Sinclair, Phoebe J., Purandare, Jemma, Bayraktarov, Elisa, Waltham, Nathan, Reeves, Simon, Statton, John, Sinclair, Elizabeth A., Brown, Benjamin M., Shribman, Zoë I., and Lovelock, Catherine E. (2020) Blue restoration - building confidence and overcoming barriers. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7. 541700.

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Marine coastal (or “blue”) ecosystems provide valuable services to humanity and the environment, but global loss and degradation of blue ecosystems necessitates ecological restoration. However, blue restoration is an emerging field and is still relatively experimental and small-scale. Identification of the key barriers to scaling-up blue restoration will enable targeted problem solving and increase the likelihood of success. Here we describe the environmental, technical, social, economic, and political barriers to restoration of blue ecosystems, including saltmarsh, mangroves, seagrass, shellfish reefs, coral reefs, and kelp forests. We provide managers, practitioners, and decision-makers with solutions to construct barrier-informed blue restoration plans and illustrate these solutions through the use of case studies where barriers were overcome. We offer a way forward to build confidence in blue restoration for society, government, and restoration practitioners at larger and more ambitious scales.

Item ID: 64814
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2296-7745
Keywords: marine coastal restoration, mangroves, seagrasses, saltmarsh, corals, kelp, shellfish, ecosystem services
Copyright Information: © 2020 Stewart-Sinclair, Purandare, Bayraktarov, Waltham, Reeves, Statton, Sinclair, Brown, Shribman and Lovelock. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Funders: University of Queensland (UQ), Australian Government (AG)
Projects and Grants: UQ Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, AG National Environment Sciences Programme, Tropical Water Quality Hub, project 3.3.2, AG National Environmental Sciences Programme, Marine Biodiversity Hub
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 21:12
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410405 Environmental rehabilitation and restoration @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 50%
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