Can we insure our way to healthier oceans and ocean communities?

This article appeared in the February 2018 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): Imagine a world where: Municipalities proactively restore wetlands and offshore reefs wherever possible to protect their citizens and infrastructure and lower their insurance premiums. Small-scale fishers receive insurance payouts immediately after devastating hurricanes so fisheries-dependent communities can start to recover. The risks of running

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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.

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Can better ocean management and profitability go hand in hand? Two entrepreneurs give examples

This article appeared in the November 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): Last month, MEAM covered impact investing – that is, investment in ventures or initiatives that have positive social or environmental results as well as financial returns – and its potential for helping ocean ecosystems and communities. In this issue of MEAM,

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The EBM Toolbox: Hand-on activities for teaching about ecosystem services and EBM

This article appeared in the November 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): An EBM Tool Network member recently asked the Network for hands-on activities, including games, for teaching students (or stakeholders, elected officials, etc.) about ecosystems services and EBM. Network members shared a variety of great resources ranging from sophisticated multi-player “serious games”

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Impact investing for ocean ecosystems and users: Capital available, but projects needed!

This article appeared in the October 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): For decades, the idea of ‘socially responsible investing’ meant little more than not including companies considered to have a negative social or environmental impact in an investment portfolio. Increasingly, investors are seeking to fund ventures or initiatives that actively achieve

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Tundi’s Take: Is blue growth taking us where we want to go?

This article appeared in the October 2016 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): By Tundi Agardy, Contributing Editor, MEAM Blue growth – the strategy to promote economic and employment growth from the oceans, seas and coasts – is alluring. But are we really ready for where that growth could take us? One direction

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Perspective: Learning to speak about Ecosystem Services

This article appeared in the February-March 2015 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): By Christian Neumann, Linwood Pendleton, Marianne Kettunen, and Tundi Agardy The recent scientific advancement of the Ecosystem Services concept and its application to planning and decision-making have increased understanding of the role that healthy, functioning ecosystems play for human well-being

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Payment for ecosystem services: An idea whose time has come for marine resource management?

This article appeared in the October-November 2014 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): Healthy ecosystems provide a vast array of services to human society. Our coasts and oceans, for instance, provide us with food, recreation, carbon storage, trade routes, buffering against storms, and much more. The UN's Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which assessed the

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Tundi’s Take: Payments for ecosystem services should be done in tandem with ocean zoning

This article appeared in the October-November 2014 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): By Tundi Agardy, MEAM Contributing Editor Payment for ecosystem services (PES) is one of my favorite EBM approaches, in part because it offers the potential to generate significant new funding streams for conservation and management. Furthermore, if PES is paired

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Are ecosystem services valuations actually being used in policy-making?

This article appeared in the October-November 2013 edition of Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM): Ecosystem services valuation applies an economic value to environmental goods and services. The valuation of a healthy mangrove forest, for example, might calculate the monetary value of the protection it provides against storm surges, or its role as nursery habitat

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