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Show simple item record Harris, LR Bessinger, M Dayaram, A Holness, S Kirkman, S Livingstone, TC Lombard, AT Luck-Vogel, Melanie Pfaff, M Sink, KJ Skowno, AL Van Niekerk, Lara 2019-10-31T07:37:49Z 2019-10-31T07:37:49Z 2019-09
dc.identifier.citation Harris, L.R. 2019 ( 2019. Advancing land-sea integration for ecologically meaningful coastal conservation and management. Biological Conservation, v237, pp 81-89. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0006-3207
dc.identifier.issn 1873-2917
dc.description Copyright: 2019 Elsevier. Due to copyright restrictions, the attached PDF file only contains the preprint of the full text item. For access to the full text item, kindly consult the publisher's website. en_US
dc.description.abstract Coasts are among our most valuable natural assets but are under intense pressure from human use and climate change. Despite this, coasts – as a coherent ecological unit – have been poorly included in conservation plans, largely because they are inadequately delineated. There are usually gaps and overlaps at the edges of the separate terrestrial-, estuarine- and marine-realm maps, and often no clarity on which specific coastal boundary (e.g., high-water mark) was used, other than vaguely, ‘the coastline’. This particularly compromises conservation and management of ecotonal, intertidal ecosystems along realm-map seams because they are poorly defined and mapped. Therefore, a key step in advancing coastal conservation, assessment, planning and management is to generate a fine-scale ecosystem-type map that is seamless across realms. We undertook this for South Africa, aiming to delineate the ecotone into ecologically meaningful zones comprising structurally and functionally appropriate ecosystem types. We defined and mapped (at<1:3000) the ‘seashore’ as the land-sea interface between the dune scrub-thicket break and the back of the surf zone. The seashore is divided at the dune base into a landward ‘backshore’ and seaward ‘shore’, with the inherent dynamic variability included in the boundary delineation and constituent ecosystem types. Estuaries were also embedded into the map. Finally, we created rules for including adjacent terrestrial and marine ecosystem types in an ecologically determined coastal zone. We describe what tools this seashore integration and coastal delineation has unlocked, and how this places South Africa in a strong position to manage and conserve its coast en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Worklist;22594
dc.subject Coastal mapping en_US
dc.subject Integrated coastal zone management en_US
dc.subject Systematic conservation planning en_US
dc.subject Marine spatial planning en_US
dc.subject Coastal assessment en_US
dc.subject Ecotone en_US
dc.title Advancing land-sea integration for ecologically meaningful coastal conservation and management en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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