Title: Marine and coastal ecosystem services on the science-policy-practice nexus: challenges and opportunities from 11 European case studies
Authors: DRAKOU EVANGELIAKERMAGORET CHARLENELIQUETE GARCIA MARIA DEL CAMINORUIZ-FRAU ANABURKHARD KREMENALILLEBO ANAVAN OUDENHOVEN ALEXANDER P. E.BALLE-BEGANTON JOHANNAGARCIA RODRIGUES JOAONIEMINEN EMMIOINONEN SOILEZIEMBA ALEXGISSI ELENADEPELLEGRIN DANIELVEIDEMANE KRISTINARUSKULE ANDADELANGUE JUSTINEBOHNKE-HENRICHS ANNEBOON ARJENWENNING RICHARDMARTINO SIMONEHASLER BERITTERMANSEN METTEROCKEL MARKHUMMEL HERMANEL SERAFY GHADAPEEV PLAMEN
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIODIVERSITY SCIENCE, ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND MANAGEMENT vol. 13 no. 3 p. 51-67
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC105978
ISSN: 2151-3732
URI: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21513732.2017.1417330
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC105978
DOI: 10.1080/21513732.2017.1417330
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: We compared and contrasted 11 European case studies to identify challenges and opportunities toward the operationalization of marine and coastal ecosystem service (MCES) assessments in Europe. This work is the output of a panel convened by the Marine Working Group of the EcosystemServices Partnership in September 2016. TheMCES assessments were used to (1) address multiple policy objectives simultaneously, (2) interpret EU-wide policies to smaller scales and (3) inform local decision-making. Most of the studies did inform decision makers, but only in a few cases, the outputswere applied or informed decision-making. Significant limitations among the 11 assessments were the absence of shared understanding of the ES concept, data and knowledge gaps, difficulties in accounting for marine social–ecological systems complexity and partial stakeholder involvement. The findings of the expert panel call for continuous involvement of MCES ‘end users’, integrated knowledge onmarine social–ecological systems, defining thresholds to MCES use and raising awareness to the general public. Such improvements at the intersection of science, policy and practice are essential starting points toward building a stronger science foundation supporting management of European marine ecosystems.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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