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

Pendleton, L; Mongruel, R; Beaumont, NJ; Hooper, T; Charles, M. 2015 A triage approach to improve the relevance of marine ecosystem services assessments. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 530. 183-193. 10.3354/meps11111

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11111

Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Ecosystem services; Assessment; Marine planning; Marine protection
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Sea and Society
Depositing User: Nicola Beaumont
Date made live: 26 Feb 2016 15:24
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:15
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6939

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