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Assessment of management practices regarding genetic biodiversity in Baltic Sea marine protected areas
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1685-5527
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1631-0591
Stockholm University, Institute of Marine Research, Bergen.
Stockholm University, Department of Zoology, Division of Population Genetics, Stockholm University.
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2016 (English)In: Biodiversity and Conservation, ISSN 0960-3115, E-ISSN 1572-9710, Vol. 25, no 6, p. 1187-1205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study is to examine, and tentatively explain, how genetic bio- diversity is handled in the management of Baltic Sea Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Genetic biodiversity is critical for species’ adaptation to changing environmental condi- tions and is protected by international agreements. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that genetic biodiversity is neglected in marine environments and in the management of MPAs. This study focuses on Sweden and Finland, which together govern a substantial part of Baltic Sea MPAs, and builds on in-depth interviews with regional conservation man- agers that are responsible for establishing and managing these areas. The empirical findings confirm that genetic biodiversity is absent, or plays a minor role, in contemporary MPA management. The findings also provide several possible explanations to this situation: unclear understandings of formal policy, lack of resources, deficient knowledge base, and the managers’ own policy beliefs. Policy makers and high-level managers need to consider these aspects in their efforts to protect biodiversity.

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2016. Vol. 25, no 6, p. 1187-1205
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8158DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1121-yISI: 000379007200010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84965168140Local ID: 6a0bde35-82e8-4459-870c-0467a3491488OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-8158DiVA, id: diva2:981049
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Validerad; 2016; Nivå 2; 20160425 (annicas)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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