Communicating research on the economic valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services
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Quantifying the monetary value of ecosystem services (ES) provided by coastal and marine resources can help policy makers assess the trade-offs and synergies inherent in ecosystem-based management of marine and coastal environments, thus increasing the social efficiency of decision-making processes. As shown by the valuation literature, the number of coastal and marine management settings where valuation researchers have attempted to make a contribution is rising fast. However, this rise in research activity has not been matched by the increase in the use of economic valuation (EV) in the actual management of coastal and marine resources. This raises an interesting question: is EV responding to the needs of policy makers? This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the knowledge base regarding the economic values for coastal and marine ecosystems. It then discusses how to improve the uptake of ES valuation research by focussing on two core issues which are thought to be essential for more effective communication with the policy community.
Torres , C & Hanley , N 2017 , ' Communicating research on the economic valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services ' , Marine Policy , vol. 75 , pp. 99-107 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.10.017
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DescriptionThis work was supported by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (Visiting Fellowship Scheme 2015–16), which is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (grant reference HR09011).
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