Journal of Coastal Conservation

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 257–269

Place-based management at different spatial scales


    • Institute of Marine Research
  • Alf Ring Kleiven
    • Institute of Marine Research
  • Hein Rune Skjoldal
    • Institute of Marine Research
  • Cecilie H. von Quillfeldt
    • Norwegian Polar Institute, Polar Environmental Center

DOI: 10.1007/s11852-010-0108-1

Cite this article as:
Olsen, E., Kleiven, A.R., Skjoldal, H.R. et al. J Coast Conserv (2011) 15: 257. doi:10.1007/s11852-010-0108-1


Place-based management is any management action having implications for a specified area. Place-based management is seen as a key component to practical implementation of ecosystem approach to management, with marine spatial planning (MSP) being the currently most promoted approach. In the present paper we address the challenges of place-based management at local, regional and global (oceanic) spatial scales using case studies from the Northeast Atlantic with examples from Norway. Both ecological, governance and management complexity increases with increasing geographic scale, with associated increases in uncertainty and thus increasing need for managing under the precautionary approach. A process where (ecologically) valuable and vulnerable areas are defined early on is essential to successful place-based management under the ecosystem approach. Integrating across sectors and achieving necessary cooperation between involved institutions and stakeholders is also necessary.


Place-basedMarine spatial planningNortheast AtlanticBarents SeaNorwegian SeaMarine protected areas

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