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Towards Effective Ecosystem Services Assessment in Marine and Coastal Management

Authored by: Mahé Charles , Rémi Mongruel , Nicola Beaumont , Tara Hooper , Harold Levrel , Eric Thiébaut , Linwood Pendleton

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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Marine and coastal ecosystems are among the world’s most productive (MA, 2005), but they suffer from increasing human pressures and adaptive challenges. Their management is further complicated by the fact that many human uses and activities depend on the ecological health of these areas. While economic valuations of coastal and marine areas have existed for decades, marine managers are now starting to explicitly consider how their management affects the provision of ecosystem services (ES). To do so, they need targeted research to help them understand which ecosystem services may need to be formally measured in order to provide important information for marine management and planning.

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