For the week of 22 February 2016
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
PLOS ONE has published The Challenge of Planning Conservation Strategies in Threatened Seascapes: Understanding the Role of Fine Scale Assessments of Community Response to Cumulative Human Pressures. The authors carried out "a fine scale assessment of the potential effects of different combinations of stressors (both land- and marine-based) on vulnerable rocky habitats [...] along 40 km of coast in the western Mediterranean" with many human and conservation uses. The authors note, "our findings suggest that, although efforts to assess cumulative impacts at large scale may help in individuating priority areas for conservation purposes, the fact that such evaluations are often based on expert opinions and not on actual studies limits their ability to represent real environmental conditions at local scale." You may download the full-text using the link above.
As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let me know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email me directly at nwehner [at] openchannels.org.
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager