An Economic Evaluation of Mangrove Ecosystem and Different Fishing Techniques in the Vanthavilluwa Divisional in Puttalam Distriction of Sri Lanka

Regional Technical Assistance for Coastal and Marine Resources Management and Poverty Reduction in South Asia (ADB RETA 5974) 1-26 2003
Primary Country: Sri Lanka

The role of coastal plant communities for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Duarte, C. et al. Nature Climate Change 3(11): 961-968, 2013e 2013
Primary Country: global

Coastal habitats shield people and property from sea-level rise and storm

Arkema, K. et al. Nature Climate Change 3(10): 913-918 2013
Primary Country: United States

Blue carbon: coastal ecosystems, their carbon storage, and potential for reducing emissions

Siikamäki, J. et al. Environment 55(6): 14-29 2013
Primary Country: global

MESP 2013 Year in Review

 MESP 2013 Year in Review

The MESP had a productive 2013 where we continued to expand our partnership and update our library of studies. The MESP library now has over 900 valuation studies for marine and coastal environments. We plan to continue updating our library in the New Year and will continue to share our PDFs of studies with anyone who asks for them.  We also had a busy year reaching out to partners and expanding our community of practice. A few highlights from 2013 include:

·         MESP Newsletter and Listserv: Launched a year ago in January 2013, the MESP newsletter and listserv now has over 500 subscribers. Interested in sharing a news item, project, or job listing? Email

·         Co-Hosted Marine Session at ESP Conference: The MESP helped organize the marine sessions at the 2013 Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Bali, focusing on ecosystem services in marine management, financing, and blue carbon.

·         Webinar with Earth Economics: The MESP co-hosted a webinar with EBM Tools and OpenChannels to demonstrate the MESP’s database of valuation studies and Earth Economics’ Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit. The Toolkit includes a library of data and a self-service tool for valuation.

·         Webinar with NOEP and GecoServ: The MESP hosted a webinar with our partners at the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) and GecoServ. The NOEP provides policy-relevant economic information for the U.S. coast, Great Lakes, and coastal waters; while GecoServ focuses on ES valuation studies in the Gulf of Mexico region.

·         Office Hours with OpenChannels: Linwood Pendleton, the MESP’s Director, hosted an Office Hour chat at OpenChannels - answering questions on marine and coastal ecosystem services.

·         ICRI Membership: The MESP formally became a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) in October 2013 at ICRI’s 29th General Meeting in Belize.

The MESP is looking forward to a productive 2014. We already have a few webinars lined up highlighting work by our partners including:

Webinar: Ecosystem Services Harmonization in Theory and Practice by Evangelia Drakou of the EC's Joint Research Centre

 February 5th, 2014: 10AM PT 1 PM ET, Online


Webinar: NOAA’s Data on the Ocean Economy

March 5th, 2014: 3PM PT 6PM ET, Online


Webinar: WRI on Ecosystem Valuation to Inform Decision Making in the Caribbean

 March 18th, 2014: 10AM PT 1PM ET, Online

Assessing the ecosystem services value of Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve: Combining earth-observation- and household-survey-based analyses

Kuenzer, C. et al. Applied Geography 45: 167-184. 2013
Primary Country: Vietnam

Land use change and its effects on the value of ecosystem services along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico

Mendoza-Gonzalez, G. et al. Ecological Economics 82: 23-32. 2012
Primary Country: Mexico

Economic Valuation Of Mangrove Ecosystem Services In Vanuatu: Case Study of Crab Bay (Malekula Is. ) And Eratap (Efate Is.)

Pascal, N. et al. Technical Report for Project Mescal, Mangrove EcoSystems for Climate Change Adaptation & Livelihoods. 2013
Primary Country: Vanuatu

Total economic value of wetland conservation in Sri Lanka identifying use and non-use values

Premachandra, W. et al. Wetlands Ecological Management DOI 10.1007/s11273-007-9073-3 2007
Primary Country: Sri Lanka

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