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DPSIR—Two Decades of Trying to Develop a Unifying Framework for Marine Environmental Management?

Assessing human impacts on marine ecosystems remains a challenge. DPSIR framework has been widely adopted.

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The DPSIR framework, which stands for Drivers-Pressures-State change-Impact-Response. The framework has been widely adopted for marine environmental management. The article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the DPSIR framework, as well as its applications and developments over two decades of use. The authors conclude that there is a need for more complex, nested conceptual models and improved clarity to assess pressure-state change links in marine and coastal ecosystems. They also emphasize the value of merging natural and social sciences and showing similarities across human and natural environmental health.

Review questions:

  • Why is DPSIR considered a useful framework for marine environmental management?
  • Give an example of how the DPSIR framework can be applied in a marine management context.
  • What are some challenges and limitations associated with implementing DPSIR?
  • How does DPSIR account for the dynamic nature of marine ecosystems?
  • In your opinion, why is it important to have a unifying framework for marine environmental management?
  • Can you think of any alternative frameworks or models that could be used for marine environmental management?
  • What role do human activities play in the DPSIR framework?
  • How can the DPSIR framework contribute to sustainable management of marine resources?
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