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EBM Resources

Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) is a management approach integrating ecological, social, and economic goals, as well as recognizing humans as key components of the ecosystem. EBM considers ecological and political boundaries, and addresses the complexity of natural processes and social systems.

EBM is an adaptive management approach towards uncertainties, engaging equal partners in a collaborative process to define problems and find solutions. EBM focuses on the ecological integrity of coastal-marine systems and the sustainability of both human and ecological systems.

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PacMARA EBM Resources

Decision Support Tool Guide

The Decision Guide, produced by the Center for Ocean Solutions (COS) and PacMARA, is intended to assist practitioners in selecting appropriate decision support tools (DSTs) that can help them conduct marine spatial planning in their own jurisdictions.

PacMARA Convenes Dialogue on Marine Ecosystem-based Management

PacMARA convened an enthusiastic group of people from various disciples and backgrounds to develop a marine EBM principles, a logic model, and list of immediate actions that need to be taken to implement ecosystem-based management in Canada’s Pacific Ocean.

Marxan Good Practices Handbook Development

Version 2 of the Marxan Good Practices Handbook has just been released in July 2010!

Marxan Good Practices Workshop and Report

The anticipated audience for this workshop report is familiar with the use of Marxan and conservation planning theory, and wishes to explore good practices around employing robust Marxan analysis or incorporating human use and socio-economic data in a Marxan analysis. Those interested in proposed ways to take the uncertainties related to climate change into account in Marxan analysis may also find value in this report.

Ecosystem-based management in Canada

Results of a nation-wide survey to assess the state of ecosystem-based management (EBM) in Canada. Detailed interviews were completed with at least 10 individuals in each region of Canada, representing government, industry, non-government environmental, and municipal agencies.

PacMARA presents to the Regulatory Governance Initiative

Executive Director Henry Kucera and Program Director Evert Kenk attended a workshop entitled “Critical Coversation on Place-Based Decision-Making: The Role of the Federal Government,” organized by the Regulatory Governance Initiative in Ottawa, Ontario on March 22, 2010.

Marine Ecosystem Based Management Knowledge Gaps Study

The objective of this report is to help inform the EBM community of practice about information and data gaps existing in the EBM framework in BC marine waters and plan to fill the gaps.

MarZone & Other Marxan Developments: How Will They Better Help Decision-Making?

MarZone & Other Marxan Developments. How Will They Better Help Decision-Making?
by Matthew Watts of the Ecology Centre, University of Queensland, Australia
www.uq.edu.au/spatialecology

Download the PDF: Marxan_developments

Marxan User Manual Version 1.8.10

This manual is intended to equip readers with the basic knowledge required to use Marxan. We cover all the relevant parameters and necessary data inputs, as well as the steps required to successfully execute the program and interpret the results.

Download the Manual: marxan manual 1.8.10

Marxan Best Practices Presentation

April 2007 presentation on Marxam Best Practices, by Jeff Ardon