Culturally Significant Areas (CSA)

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Definition

Areas considered culturally significant by communities based on five criteria.[1]


Description

The concept helps planners and managers to take account of immaterial cultural values in MSP. CSAs are critical to the wellbeing and identity of a given community. Areas can be defined as culturally significant for various reasons and based on different value sets. Risk assessments can be carried out, and CSAs can be mapped. The approach is modelled on the EBSA principle for ecologically significant areas. It's a way of working with communities and applicable in diverse contexts.

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  1. More information: Gee, Kira et al 2017: Identifying culturally significant areas for marine spatial planning. In Ocean and Coastal Management 136 (2017):139-147.
  2. More information: Gee, Kira et al 2017: Identifying culturally significant areas for marine spatial planning. In Ocean and Coastal Management 136 (2017):139-147.