Overview of the Conservation of Australian Marine Invertebrates

Contents
 
Executive Summary
 
Introduction
 
Fauna & Places
  
Conservation General
 
Taxon Approach
 
Systems Approach
 
Threatening Process
 
Information Base
 
Administration
 
Education
 
References
 
Acknowledgements
 
Appendices
 
 
 

CHAPTER 5 – THE SYSTEMS APPROACH TO CONSERVATION

5.1    Arguments for and against the systems approach

5.2    Definitions – types of systems

5.2.1   Assemblages and communities
5.2.2
   Habitats
5.2.3
   Ecotones
5.2.4
   Bioregions

5.3    Key types of marine systems – features and conservation considerations

5.3.1   Major marine environments and the threats to them

5.3.2   Key habitat types

5.4    Other considerations in the system approach to conservation

5.4.1   The importance of scale
5.4.2
   Structural complexity and spatial heterogeneity
5.4.3
   Linkages between systems
5.4.4
   Conserving the ecological function of marine systems

5.5    Information needs and management options for systems conservation

5.5.1   Listing of threatened communities and habitats
5.5.2
   Habitat management and remediation
5.5.3
   Site-based conservation – marine protected areas (MPAs)

5.6    Main issues and recommended actions

 

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