A triage approach to improve the relevance of marine ecosystem services assessments

Type Article
Date 2015-06
Language English
Author(s) Pendleton Linwood1, 2, Mongruel Remi3, Beaumont Nicola4, Hooper Tara, Charles Mahe5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Bretagne Occidentale, UMR AMURE, F-29238 Brest 3, France.
2 : Nicholas Inst Environm Policy Solut, Durham, NC 27708 USA.
3 : IFREMER, Ctr Bretagne, Marine Econ Unit, UMR AMURE, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
4 : Plymouth Marine Lab, Plymouth PL1 3DH, Devon, England.
5 : Agence Aires Marines Protegees, French Marine Protected Area Agcy, F-29229 Brest 2, France.
Source Marine Ecology Progress Series (0171-8630) (Inter-research), 2015-06 , Vol. 530 , P. 183-193
DOI 10.3354/meps11111
WOS© Times Cited 12
Note Contribution to the Theme Section ‘Economics of marine ecosystem conservation’
Keyword(s) Ecosystem services, Assessment, Marine planning, Marine protection
Abstract Ecosystem services assessments are increasingly being used to inform marine policy and planning. These assessments involve significant time, effort, and expertise. It is important at the outset to determine which of many ecosystem services should be quantified and which measures of ecological output, economic impact, or value should be assessed. Furthermore, the literature shows that in practice such assessments are unevenly applied and rarely used effectively in decision-making processes. We develop a structured decision-making approach, called a triage, to assess what types of ecosystem services should be assessed to improve the uptake and usefulness of such information in marine planning. Two case studies, in France and the United Kingdom, provide examples of the application of the triage approach.
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