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Analysis of the TIDE Estuarine Conflict Matrices

2c. Conflict Matrices

In order to effectively manage a dynamic estuarine system it is considered important to:
  • Identify the users and uses of the system (both legal and illegal, desirable and undesirable).
  • Identify sectoral areas that most require management (or improved management), e.g. contribute to the greatest level of user conflict in an estuary.
  • Identify spatial areas that most require management (or improved management), e.g. feature the greatest level of user conflict in an estuary.
  • Identify synergistic opportunities that can occur and how they might be expanded or better utilised.
  • Identify areas where conflict levels are lower than expected (e.g. systems are in place that may be particularly good at managing multi-user issues), and vice versa (e.g. areas of unusually high conflict and potentially management failure).
The use of conflict matrices and subsequent outcome analyses allows the points identified above to be at least partially characterised, particularly when integrated with other strands of Governance information as described above.


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