Guidance for stakeholder consultation to support national ecosystem services assessment: A case study from French marine assessment

Type Article
Date 2022-04
Language English
Author(s) Scemama Pierre1, Mongruel Remi1, Kermagoret CharleneORCID1, 2, Bailly Denis3, Carlier AntoineORCID4, Le Mao Patrick5, Vaschalde Diane2
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Univ Brest, CNRS, UMR AMURE, Rue Dumont d'Urville, 29280 Plouzané, France
2 : Service usages et gestion de la biodiversité, Direction acteurs et citoyens, Office français de la biodiversité, Antenne de Brest, France
3 : University of Brest, Ifremer, CNRS, UMR 6308, AMURE, Unité d’Economie Maritime, IUEM, F-29280, Plouzané, France
4 : Ifremer, Centre de Bretagne, DYNECO - Laboratoire d’écologie benthique côtière, ZI de la Pointe du Diable - CS 10070, Plouzané 29280, France
5 : Ifremer, Lab Environm & Ressources Bretagne Nord, 38 Rue Port Blanc, BP 80108, F-35801, Dinard, France
Source Ecosystem Services (2212-0416) (Elsevier BV), 2022-04 , Vol. 54 , P. 101408 (12p.)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101408
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Keyword(s) National ecosystem assessment, Marine and coastal ecosystem services, Participative approach, Strategic evaluation

In line with international frameworks and following the example of other countries, France conducted a national ecosystem services (ES) assessment in 2012. National assessments are intended to be both comprehensive and useful. In practice, these objectives are conflicting and difficult to reach, leading the experts in charge of the assessment to allocate effort according to their own priorities. In the case of the marine part of the French ES assessment, we consulted stakeholders at the national scale to better connect the assessment to the interest of the end-users. We implemented a participatory approach based on a combination of workshops and online questionnaires. We collected stakeholder’s perception of (i) ES bundle; (ii) hierarchization of issues; (iii) specific issues of concern; and (iv) research needs for different types of marine ecosystems and groups of species. The results of the consultation assisted the assessment process in selecting key issues that necessitate in-depth analysis, and identifying discrepancies between stakeholders’ perceptions and the scientific knowledge that need to be addressed. Stakeholders’ perceptions were also mobilized as an additional source of data to inform decision-makers regarding the state of ecosystems and their ES. In the end, this work underlines the importance of stakeholder’s consultation to support ES assessment and provides guidance for its implementation in the future. Our results can also inform research needs to support the conservation of marine ecosystems.

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Scemama Pierre, Mongruel Remi, Kermagoret Charlene, Bailly Denis, Carlier Antoine, Le Mao Patrick, Vaschalde Diane (2022). Guidance for stakeholder consultation to support national ecosystem services assessment: A case study from French marine assessment. Ecosystem Services, 54, 101408 (12p.). Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :