Designing a Decision Support System for Marine Reserves Management: An Economic Analysis for the Dutch North Sea

31 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2007

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Helen Ding

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Arjan Ruijs

Wageningen UR - Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group

Ekko van Ierland

Wageningen UR - Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

In this paper we discuss how a Decision Support System (DSS) for managing the marine environment can be set up. We use the Driving force-Pressure-State-Impact-Respond (DPSIR) framework to analyze which are the major driving forces impacting upon the marine environment in the North Sea. Moreover, a number of potential responses are identified. Furthermore, a preliminary and simplified optimization model has been set up and can be used in a DSS to decide on the best location of marine reserves for the protection of species. The model is based on a bio-economic metapopulation model that can be used to decide which parts of the sea should be opened for fisheries and which should be protected as marine reserve. It accounts for the dispersal of fish and considers both the economic returns from fisheries and the ecological value of marine biodiversity. A number of suggestions are given on how to extend and improve the DSS.

Keywords: Decision Support System, Marine Biodiversity Conservation, DPSIR Framework, Bioeconomic Modeling, North Sea

JEL Classification: Q2, Q5, Q57, Q58

Suggested Citation

Ding, Helen and Ruijs, Arjan and van Ierland, Ekko C., Designing a Decision Support System for Marine Reserves Management: An Economic Analysis for the Dutch North Sea (February 2007). FEEM Working Paper No. 23.2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=970267 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.970267

Helen Ding

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Arjan Ruijs (Contact Author)

Wageningen UR - Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group ( email )

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Netherlands

Ekko C. Van Ierland

Wageningen UR - Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group ( email )

P.O. Box 8130
Wageningen, 6700 EW
Netherlands

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