Multisite, Interdisciplinary Applications of Science to Marine Policy: The Conservation International Marine Management Area Science Program

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© 2015, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This special issue provides insight into global conservation science by analyzing a 5-year, $12.5 million global marine conservation science and policy program that included over 50 studies in four priority regions involving over 100 scientists and numerous partners. In doing so, it provides reflections on critical challenges for any conservation science program that is intended to inform policymaking, including how to (1) ensure that science process and products influence conservation actions, (2) build global learning from a network of site-based projects, (3) strengthen in-region capacity, and (4) manage relationships across scales among scientists, conservationists, headquarters, and field-based staff. Information is presented on the development and progress of the program as a whole in addition to specific articles covering each of four focal geographic areas: Belize, Brazil, the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, and Fiji.






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Hastings, JG, MK Orbach, LB Karrer and L Kaufman (2015). Multisite, Interdisciplinary Applications of Science to Marine Policy: The Conservation International Marine Management Area Science Program. Coastal Management, 43(2). pp. 105–121. 10.1080/08920753.2015.1005528 Retrieved from

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Michael K. Orbach

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Marine Policy

Dr. Orbach has performed research and has been involved in coastal and marine policy on all coasts of the U.S. and in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Alaska and the Pacific, and has published widely on social science and policy in coastal and marine environments. He has worked as a Cultural Anthropologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and has held several Governor's appointments to environmental Boards and Commissions as well as appointments to National Academy of Sciences Boards and Committees. He has been the President of The Coastal Society, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Surfrider Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Conservancy.

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