A new way to frame ecosystem services: Ecosystems as ‘Providers’ and ‘Protectors’
This article appeared in the February 2018 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM):
By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM
Knowing what the oceans do for us today or could do for us in the future is essential to being able to set in motion marine management that will maintain these values over time. But while the potential yield of fish stocks or the touristic value of beaches is fairly easy to quantify or model, other ecosystem services are difficult even to define, let alone assess. And even when we do manage to produce comprehensive assessments of how ecosystem function and what benefits they provide, we trip up on communicating these values to the public and decision-makers.
Recently a group of Erasmus Mundus Maritime Spatial Planning masters students (P.O. Bonsu, S. Mahadeo, E. Menini, and B. Minuzzi Schemes) presented a paper proposing an innovative way of looking at ecosystem services. In describing the benefits that nature offers humanity in the northern Adriatic, they delved into how to assess cultural services, and how to define and quantify cultural heritage and the ecosystem services that support it….