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The uptake of SCP in the Gulf of California was slow due to conflicting priorities between organizations, limited resources, and insufficient political commitment.
AUTHORS: Álvarez‐Romero, J.G., Pressey, R.L., Ban, N.C., Torre‐Cosío, J. and Aburto‐Oropeza, O.
DATE: March 2013
Systematic conservation planning (SCP) provides a framework to identify areas where actions can be effective in addressing biodiversity threats while minimizing the costs of interventions. This study investigated how SCP can be applied in the Gulf of California by reviewing planning exercises that involve SCP. The study found that uptake of SCP was slow due to conflicting priorities between organizations, limited resources, and insufficient political commitment. However, SCP offers benefits such as developing institutional skills and knowledge, improving collaboration between organizations, and streamlining needs to effectively assess priorities for marine conservation. The study, cited 10 times, shows that SCP can guide conservation management in the Gulf of California by converging different plans to create the most efficient framework.