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Progress and Challenges in Valuing Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services

Coastal and marine ecosystems (CMEs) generate some of the most important services to humankind, but they are endangered from overexploitation and loss. The widespread decline in CME services suggests that it is important to understand what is at stake in terms of the critical benefits and values of these services. This article examines how

By |2018-11-07T23:13:04+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Papers|Tags: |Comments Off on Progress and Challenges in Valuing Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services

Managing for ocean biodiversity to sustain marine ecosystem services

Managing a complex ecosystem to balance delivery of all of its services is at the heart of ecosystem‐based management. But how can this balance be accomplished amidst the conflicting demands of stakeholders, managers, and policy makers? In marine ecosystems, several common ecological mechanisms link biodiversity to ecosystem functioning and to a complex of essential

By |2018-11-07T23:13:14+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Papers|Tags: |Comments Off on Managing for ocean biodiversity to sustain marine ecosystem services

Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services

Human-dominated marine ecosystems are experiencing accelerating loss of populations and species, with largely unknown consequences. We analyzed local experiments, long-term regional time series, and global fisheries data to test how biodiversity loss affects marine ecosystem services across temporal and spatial scales. Overall, rates of resource collapse increased and recovery potential, stability, and water quality

By |2018-11-07T21:44:53+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Papers|Tags: |Comments Off on Impacts of Biodiversity Loss on Ocean Ecosystem Services

Blue Economy and Competing Discourses in International Oceans Governance

In this article, we track a relatively new term in global environmental governance: “blue economy.” Analyzing preparatory documentation and data collected at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (i.e., Rio + 20), we show how the term entered into use and how it was articulated within four competing discourses regarding human–ocean relations: (a) oceans as

By |2018-11-07T23:00:00+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Papers|Tags: |Comments Off on Blue Economy and Competing Discourses in International Oceans Governance

Blue growth: savior or ocean grabbing?

While the global rush to control land resources is well established, ‘power-grabs’ in relation to marine and coastal resources are less well researched. Under the banner of ‘blue growth’, such power-grabs are taking shape through global policy processes that purportedly align the needs of the poor with profit interests and climate change concerns. This

By |2018-11-07T22:35:49+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Papers|Tags: |Comments Off on Blue growth: savior or ocean grabbing?

Participatory coastal management through elicitation of ecosystem service preferences and modelling driven by “coastal squeeze”

The Baixo Vouga Lagunar (BVL) is part of Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon in Portugal, which is classified as a Special Protection Area under the European Habitats and Birds Directives. This part of the system, corresponding to the confluence of the Vouga River with the lagoon, is very important culturally and socioeconomically for the local communities, taking

By |2018-11-07T22:35:10+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Papers|Tags: |Comments Off on Participatory coastal management through elicitation of ecosystem service preferences and modelling driven by “coastal squeeze”

Valuing the Marine Estate and UK Seas: An Ecosystem Services Framework – Marine Estate Research Report

The Crown Estate is committed to the UK shared principles of Sustainable Development through achieving a sustainable economy, promoting good governance and using sound science responsibly. Economic activities occurring within the marine environment have both positive and negative relationships with sustainable development objectives, i.e. with each other and with social and environmental objectives, but

By |2018-11-07T22:36:05+00:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Reports|Tags: |Comments Off on Valuing the Marine Estate and UK Seas: An Ecosystem Services Framework – Marine Estate Research Report

Valuing the Marine Estate and UK Seas: Initial Static Baseline Assessment – Marine Estate Research Report

This study provides an initial static assessment of the value of benefits to human welfare provided by ecosystem services in the marine environment. The aim of the assessment is to underpin further development of a more dynamic baseline valuation that projects these initial values into the future and a spatial assessment that will seek

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Blue Bioeconomy: Situation report and perspectives

The aim of this report is to provide a comprehensive overview of the blue bioeconomy sector in the European Union. By “blue bioeconomy”, it is intended any economic activity associated with the use of renewable aquatic biological resources to make products. Examples of such products include novel foods and food additives, animal feeds, nutraceuticals,

By |2018-11-07T22:36:35+00:00November 5th, 2018|Categories: Reports|Tags: |Comments Off on Blue Bioeconomy: Situation report and perspectives

The Blue Economy

This report highlights the importance of traditional and newly emerging Blue Economy sectors and the issues involved in their effective development in Eastern Africa. It also provides a deeper understanding of their potential, as well as the geopolitical dimensions associated with their access and management, and reviews potential climate-change impacts on the Blue Economy

By |2018-11-07T22:36:42+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Reports|Tags: |Comments Off on The Blue Economy