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The Biology of Coral Reefs$
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Charles R. C. Sheppard, Simon K. Davy, and Graham M. Pilling

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198566359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566359.001.0001

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The Future, Human Population, and Management

The Future, Human Population, and Management

(p.278) 10 The Future, Human Population, and Management
The Biology of Coral Reefs

Charles R. C. Sheppard

Simon K. Davy

Graham M. Pilling

Oxford University Press

Climate change and direct, local impacts are reducing the ability of reefs to support rich ecosystems, including those of people dependent upon them. Adaptation by reefs has been suggested as being possible, but is unlikely to be sufficient to ensure their survival after a few decades. Human population increase is remorseless and with it comes increasing demand on reef resources. Protected area management and better management of key species holds promise as one method for ensuring reef survival, as does a need to obtain proper monetory values of reefs and their species and of the cost incurred in their loss. Reefs are connected in terms of larval and species flows, so broad scale management of networks of marine protected areas is also needed to ensure the survival of reefs, as is a more intelligent selection of areas for protection which show greatest resilience and ability to recover from impacts.

Keywords:   climate change, pollution, reef adaptation, population increase, shifting baseline syndrome, environmental assessment, protected areas, marine parks, ecosystem values

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