The marine spatial planning in Mexico: challenge and invitation to the scientific work

TitleThe marine spatial planning in Mexico: challenge and invitation to the scientific work
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsEspinoza-Tenorio A., Moreno-Baez M., Pech D., Villalobos-Zapata G.J, Vidal-Hernandez L., Ramos-Miranda J., Mendoza-Carranza M., Zepeda-Dominguez J.A, Alcala-Moya G., Perez-Jimenez J.C, Rosete F., Leon C., Espejel I.
JournalLatin American Journal of Aquatic Research
Date Published2014/07
Type of ArticleReview
ISBN Number0718-560X
Accession NumberWOS:000339547200001
Keywordscoastal orientation; conservation; environmental indicator; Fisheries; implementation; integrated coastal zone; management; marine seascape; marine spatial planning; mexico; protected areas; public policys

The Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has been adopted in Mexico as an environmental planning instrument attending coastal-sea issues and guiding the activities carried out on those realms. However, its application is still a challenge for the government, who has requested scientists to actively participate in developing proposals in order to promote effective implementation of the MSP trough operative plans: the Marine Spatial Planning Programs (MSPP). In this article we reviewed the academic inputs to the MSPP construction and the prevailed challenges to achieve an effective MSP implementation. We pointed out that Mexico is a country with many lessons learned but more to learn. Future research agendas should transcended to the next level of discussion, where the articulation of actions will be prioritized looking to: 1) harmonize the MSP with other coastal-sea management instruments, 2) promote and develop an adaptive management agenda through monitoring and evaluation indicators, 3) improve and develop socially inclusive planning tools, and 4) to encourage the development of skills at all levels of decisions on the integrated management of coastland marine areas.

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