Has the value of global marine and coastal ecosystem services changed?

Type Article
Date 2016-02
Language English
Author(s) Pendleton Linwood H.1, 2, Thebaud OlivierORCID3, 4, Mongruel Remi3, Levrel Harold3, 5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Brest, UMR M101, AMURE, OSU IUEM, 12 Rue Kergoat CS 93837, F-29238 Brest 3, France.
2 : Duke Univ, Nicholas Inst Environm Policy Solut, Durham, NC USA.
3 : IFREMER, UMR M101, AMURE, Unite Econ Maritime, BP 70, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
4 : Queensland Univ Technol, Sch Econ & Finance, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Australia.
5 : AgroParisTech, UMR CIRED, Campus Jardin Trop,45 Bis,Ave Belle Gabrielle, F-94736 Nogent Sur Marne, France.
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2016-02 , Vol. 64 , P. 156-158
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.11.018
WOS© Times Cited 20
Keyword(s) Marine ecosystem services, Global value, Aggregate values
Abstract In 1997, Robert Costanza and his colleagues published a groundbreaking study [1] that estimated the monetary value of the contribution of the world's ecosystems to human wellbeing. The methods used were cited as preliminary and received considerable criticism [2] and [3]. In two more recent peer-reviewed studies [4] and [5], the authors update the original estimates of ecosystem service value and find: (1) that original per area ecosystem service values were underestimated and (2) using these revised per area values, the total global value of ecosystem services has declined. Just under ninety-five percent of the estimated loss in ecosystem service value comes from revisions by the authors in the value estimates of marine ecosystem services. These revisions include additional per area value estimates of coral reefs and coastal wetlands that are many times the value of estimates used in the original analysis. The reasons cited by Costanza et al. for the increases in revised value estimates are examined and rejected. The data are found to be insufficient for a rigorous estimate of the global value of marine ecosystems services.
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