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A review of the application and evolution of the DPSIR framework with an emphasis on coastal social-ecological systems

TitleA review of the application and evolution of the DPSIR framework with an emphasis on coastal social-ecological systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
Authors.R.Gari S
Secondary Authors.Newton A
Tertiary Authors.D.Icely J
JournalOcean & Coastal Management
Issue103
Start Page63
Pagination15
Date Published01/2015
Type of ArticleReview
KeywordsCoasts, Driver-pressure-state-impact-response, Social-ecological systems
Abstract

The applications of the Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework were reviewed for several Social-Ecological Systems (SES), with an emphasis on the coastal environment. The evolution of DPSIR was traced from the Stress-Response framework to its present form. Discrepancies in the definitions of the DPSIR's information categories are presented. The application of the framework was explored both as a discrete tool and combined with other methods for different coastal and estuarine systems and biodiversity. The overall merits and limitations of the DPSIR framework are discussed in a critique. Several recommendations are suggested for refining the framework to overcome its limitations. Finally it is concluded that an updated DPSIR framework is a useful adaptive management tool for analyzing and identifying solutions to environmental problems.

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