Marine and coastal ecosystem services on the science–policy–practice nexus: challenges and opportunities from 11 European case studies

Type Article
Date 2018-01
Language English
Author(s) Drakou Evangelia G.1, 2, Kermagoret CharleneORCID1, Liquete Camino3, Ruiz-Frau Ana4, Burkhard Kremena5, Lillebø Ana I.6, Van Oudenhoven Alexander P. E.7, Ballé-Béganton Johanna1, Rodrigues João Garcia8, 9, Nieminen Emmi10, Oinonen Soile10, Ziemba Alex11, Gissi Elena12, Depellegrin Daniel13, Veidemane Kristina14, Ruskule Anda14, Delangue Justine15, Böhnke-Henrichs Anne16, Boon Arjen11, Wenning Richard17, Martino Simone18, Hasler Berit19, Termansen Mette19, Rockel Mark17, Hummel Herman20, El Serafy Ghada11, Peev Plamen21
Affiliation(s) 1 : UMR M101, AMURE, CNRS, OSU-IUEM, Université de Brest, Brest, France
2 : Department of Geo-Information Processing, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
3 : European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy
4 : Department of Global Change Research, Instituto Mediterráneo de Estudios Avanzados, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Esporles, Spain
5 : Institute of Environmental Planning, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany
6 : Department of Biology & Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
7 : Institute of Environmental Sciences CML, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
8 : Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
9 : Campus Do*Mar – International Campus of Excellence, Vigo, Spain
10 : Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Marine Research Centre, Helsinki, Finland
11 : Marine and Coastal Systems Department, Deltares, Delft, The Netherlands
12 : Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment, University Iuav of Venice, Venice, Italy
13 : Institute of Marine Science, National Research Council, Venice, Italy
14 : Baltic Environmental Forum, Riga, Latvia
15 : French Committee of IUCN, Paris, France
16 : Environmental Systems Analysis Group, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
17 : Ramboll Environ, Portland, ME, USA
18 : Laurence Mee Centre for Society & Sea, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, UK
19 : Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark
20 : Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Yerseke, The Netherlands
21 : BlueLink Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
Source International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management (2151-3732) (Informa UK Limited), 2018-01 , Vol. 13 , N. 3 , P. 51-67
DOI 10.1080/21513732.2017.1417330
Note Special Issue: Operationalising Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services
Keyword(s) Policy relevance, pan-European approach, uncertainty, ocean literacy, data gaps, bottom-up approach

We compared and contrasted 11 European case studies to identify challenges and opportunities toward the operationalization of marine and coastal ecosystem service (MCES) assessments in Europe. This work is the output of a panel convened by the Marine Working Group of the Ecosystem Services Partnership in September 2016. The MCES assessments were used to (1) address multiple policy objectives simultaneously, (2) interpret EU-wide policies to smaller scales and (3) inform local decision-making. Most of the studies did inform decision makers, but only in a few cases, the outputs were applied or informed decision-making. Significant limitations among the 11 assessments were the absence of shared understanding of the ES concept, data and knowledge gaps, difficulties in accounting for marine social–ecological systems complexity and partial stakeholder involvement. The findings of the expert panel call for continuous involvement of MCES ‘end users’, integrated knowledge on marine social–ecological systems, defining thresholds to MCES use and raising awareness to the general public. Such improvements at the intersection of science, policy and practice are essential starting points toward building a stronger science foundation supporting management of European marine ecosystems.

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Drakou Evangelia G., Kermagoret Charlene, Liquete Camino, Ruiz-Frau Ana, Burkhard Kremena, Lillebø Ana I., Van Oudenhoven Alexander P. E., Ballé-Béganton Johanna, Rodrigues João Garcia, Nieminen Emmi, Oinonen Soile, Ziemba Alex, Gissi Elena, Depellegrin Daniel, Veidemane Kristina, Ruskule Anda, Delangue Justine, Böhnke-Henrichs Anne, Boon Arjen, Wenning Richard, Martino Simone, Hasler Berit, Termansen Mette, Rockel Mark, Hummel Herman, El Serafy Ghada, Peev Plamen (2018). Marine and coastal ecosystem services on the science–policy–practice nexus: challenges and opportunities from 11 European case studies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 13(3), 51-67. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :