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Title: Operationalisation of ecosystem services in support of ecosystem-based marine spatial planning: insights into needs and recommendations
Authors: Galparsoro, Ibon; Pinarbasi, Kemal; Gissi, Elena; Culhane, Fiona; Gacutan, Jordan; Kotta, Jonne; Cabana, David; Wanke, Sonja; Aps, Robert; Bazzucchi, Daniel; Cozzolino, Giacomo and Custodio, Marco; Fetissov, Mihhail; Inacio, Miguel; Jernberg, Susanna; Piazzi, Alessandro; Paudel, Keshav Prasad; Ziemba, Alex; Depellegrin, Daniel
Abstract: Marine or maritime spatial planning (MSP) works across borders and sectors to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient and sustainable way. The ecosystem service (ES) concept links ecosystem functioning to human wellbeing and has emerged as a potential framework supporting MSP, as it can be used to link different sectorial and environmental policies. However, due to the complexity of the marine realm, mapping and assessment of ES is still in its infancy and there remains a need to develop and agree upon the appropriate progress in ES development to support MSP. This contribution highlights research needs and recommendations to advance the operationalization of the ES concept into MSP. We apply a mixed method approach combining literature research and expert knowledge derived from 14 case studies, to address current status and prospects of ES application in MSP. We present nine main needs dealing with (i) improvement and adaptation of existing ES frameworks and classifications to the marine realm and (ii) definition of an indicator pool; (iii) methodological and technical developments to support data availability and accessibility; (iv) advances in mapping and modelling methods; (v) improvements in assessment and valuation approaches; (vi) further use of scenario and trade-off analysis; (vii) taking advantage of supporting Information Technologies (IT); (viii) improvements in communication and engagement with stakeholders; and (ix) further work for the integration of ES knowledge into policies and for supporting management and MSP. The manuscript concludes with a set of recommendations to foster the operationalization of the ES concept into MSP.
Keywords: Maritime activities; Blue growth; Maritime spatial planning; Management; Natural capital; DECISION-MAKING; MIXED METHODS; BLUE GROWTH; INDICATORS; POLICY; SCIENCE; OPPORTUNITIES; CHALLENGES; FRAMEWORK; BENEFITS
Issue Date: 2021
Type: Article
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104609
ISSN: 0308-597X
E-ISSN: 1872-9460
Funder: VAPEM project - Fisheries and Aquaculture Directorate of the Basque Government
BONUS MARES project - European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration though BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme (Art 185)
European Regional Development Fund within National Programme for Addressing Socio-Economic Challenges through RD (RITA)
Irish Research Council New Horizons Scheme, 2016-2018Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
BONUS BLUEWEBS project from BONUS (Art 185)
EUEuropean Commission
Academy of FinlandAcademy of FinlandEuropean Commission
FANBEST Project (INTERREG Atlantic Area Program) [EAPA 1022/2018]
European UnionEuropean Commission
SECOS-Synthese (The Service of Sediments in German Coastal Seas) [FK: 03F0738A, 03F0470B]
BONUS BaltCoast [03F0717A, 03A0020A]
Doctorate Study programme in Ecology and Environ-mental Sciences, Klaipeda University
Lithuanian National Ecosystem Services Assessment and Mapping (LINESAM) Project [Art 185]
Baltic Sea national funding institutions - German Fed-eral Ministry of Education and Research
European Social FundEuropean Social Fund (ESF) [09.3.3LMTK712010104]
Research Council of LithuaniaResearch Council of Lithuania (LMTLT)
Scientia PhD Scholarship (UNSW, Sydney)
UNSW, Sydney
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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