Biodiversity conservation and fisheries productivity objectives can be integrated in a single planning framework. Photo © Chris Seufert

Conventionally, management efforts have focused on either productivity (resource management) or conservation (biodiversity protection). However, the current situation — called a crisis by some experts ref — is demanding a more holistic and integrative approach to coral reef management that also includes stakeholders in the decision-making processes.

The following pages introduce several integrated approaches to management that can help managers deal with the complex interdependencies in coral reef systems and balance the short-term needs of society with the longer-term mandate for sustainability:


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Last updated January 26, 2018

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