Questions this practice may help answer
- How is my Spatially Managed Area performing?
- What framework can I use to analyse the implementation of ecosystem based marine management?
The MESMA project developed a generic framework for implementation of ecosystem based marine management. The framework has been digitalised and made user friendly by developing the MESMA Central Exchange.
Aspects / Objectives
Develop a digital exchange application that allows people to evaluate marine spatially managed areas in a systematic way.
Development of a digital exchange tool
Main Outputs / Results
MESMA Central Exchange is a web-based application for the monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed marine areas (SMAs). It allows you to analyse your SMA in a standardised way, with detailed practical guidance. By following a step-wise approach you will systematically analyse the current management regime in your study area and come up with recommendations. This analysis uses a natural sciences approach (quantitative) and consists of 7 steps. Linked to that is the MESMA governance analysis, using a social science approach (qualitative) which allows you to study governance issues in your study area. Examples of geospatial information and a list of tools will support your analysis.
The tool is applicable for all Spatially Managed Areas
Costs / Funding Source
The practice was elaborated under the MESMA project co financed by EU FP7 Research Programme. Direct costs of its elaboration are unknown.