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The future, human population and management

Charles R. C. Sheppard, Simon K. Davy, Graham M. Pilling and Nicholas A. J. Graham

in The Biology of Coral Reefs

Published in print November 2017 | ISBN: 9780198787341
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191829420 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198787341.003.0010

Series: Biology of Habitats Series

The future, human population and management

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Climate change and direct, local impacts are reducing the ability of reefs to support rich ecosystems, including those of people dependent upon them. Reef adaptation has been suggested as being possible, but is unlikely to be sufficient to ensure their survival after a few decades. Human population increase is remorseless and with it comes increasing demand on reef resources. Protected area management and better management of key species holds promise as one method for ensuring reef survival, as does a need to obtain proper ecosystem values of reefs and their species and of the cost incurred in their loss. Reefs are connected in terms of larval and species flows, so broadscale management of networks of marine protected areas is also needed to ensure the survival of reefs, as is a more intelligent selection of areas for protection, favouring those which show greatest resilience and ability to recover from impacts.

Keywords: climate change; reef adaptation; population increase; protected area; ecosystem value

Chapter.  10340 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology ; Animal Pathology and Diseases

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