The use of ecosystem services valuation in Australian coastal zone management

The use of ecosystem services valuation in Australian coastal zone management

Primary Country: Australia
Ecosystem: multiple
Sample Value Estimates:
(a) Out of the 88 decision-makers who completed the Australian nation-wide survey, 52 declared having used Ecosystem Service Valuations - or ESV, while 30 declared being only familiar with it. Five declared having only heard about it (b) When asked if they had been involved in a decision-making process where ESV information existed but was not used, only 6 percent of respondents answered “Yes, often”, 10 percent answered “Yes, a few times”, 47 percent answered “Never” and 37 percent declared that they did not know (c) The survey results show that, in cases where ESV information was available, it seemed to rarely be ignored. (d) Results show that ESV is being used in coastal and marine management in Australia, mostly as a way to communicate and raise awareness, and as a way to support evaluation and discussion during decision-making processes, in a range of management contexts. ESV is much less frequently used when establishing economic or financial instruments, or as a basis for compensation. (e) The frequency with which the survey respondents perceived ESV was being used also seemed to vary substantially depending on the management contexts. (f) Even though ESV was seen to be considered in decision-making processes, it was rarely perceived as having a significant impact on policy or management decisions.
Methodology: A nation-wide online survey was designed in order to represent the responses of the diversity of stakeholders involved in coastal zone management in different regional, State and Federal contexts of Australia, while minimizing the costs of the approach.
Region: Australia

Publication information

Marre, J. O. ThebaudS. Pascoe S. JenningsJ. BoncoeurL. Coglan “The use of ecosystem services valuation in Australian coastal zone management” Marine Policy 56: 117-124, 2015

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