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Testing the application of the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) for the management of eutrophication in the RiaFormosa

TitleTesting the application of the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) for the management of eutrophication in the RiaFormosa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
Authors.R.Gari S
Secondary Authors.Newton A
Tertiary Authors.D.Icely J
Subsidiary Authors.Lowe C
JournalMarine Policy
Issue43
Start Page40
Pagination6
Date Published01/2014
Type of ArticleResearch
KeywordsEutrophication, Ria Formosa, SPICOSA, Systems Approach Framework
Abstract

<p>The SAF (Systems Approach Framework) encompasses the ecological, social and economic components of coastal zones and aims to establish a permanent dialogue between scientists, stakeholders and policy makers working within European coastal zones for developing effective ICZM (Integrated Coastal Zone Management). The objective of the present study is to test the application of the SAF for defining eutrophication management options in the Ria Formosa, Portugal. Stakeholders were identified and the issue of eutrophication was agreed up on. Having defined the virtual system, the conceptual model of the Ria Formosa was developed. The formulation of the conceptual model into a mathematical model representing the ecological, social and economic components of the system is then discussed. The linking variable of the three components within the simulation model, as well as the scenarios to be run are then explored. The role of scientists as facilitators within the deliberation process is discussed, and a format by which the final output package could be disseminated is suggested. This case study demonstrates how the SAF could successfully be applied to the management of eutrophication in the Ria Formosa. It also suggests ways in which this approach may be adapted to address unique coastal systems with specific system characteristics.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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