Marine and coastal ecosystem services on the science–policy–practice nexus: challenges and opportunities from 11 European case studies

Evangelia G. Drakou, Charlène Kermagoret, Camino Liquete, Ana Ruiz-frau, Kremena Burkhard, Ana I. Lillebø, Alexander P. E. Oudenhoven, Johanna Ballé-béganton, João Garcia Rodrigues, Emmi Nieminen, Soile Oinonen, Alex Ziemba, Elena Gissi, Daniel Depellegrin, Kristina Veidemane, Anda Ruskule, Justine Delangue, Anne Böhnke-henrichs, Arjen Boon, Richard WenningSimone Martino, Berit Hasler, Mette Termansen, Mark Rockel, Herman Hummel, Ghada El Serafy, Plamen Peev

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    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 Ecosystem Services Partnership in September 2016. The MCES 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 outputs were 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 on marine 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-67
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management
    Volume13
    Issue number3
    Early online date10 Jan 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jan 2018

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    Drakou, E. G., Kermagoret, C., Liquete, C., Ruiz-frau, A., Burkhard, K., Lillebø, A. I., Oudenhoven, A. P. E., Ballé-béganton, J., Rodrigues, J. G., Nieminen, E., Oinonen, S., Ziemba, A., Gissi, E., Depellegrin, D., Veidemane, K., Ruskule, A., Delangue, J., Böhnke-henrichs, A., Boon, A., ... Peev, P. (2018). Marine and coastal ecosystem services on the science–policy–practice nexus: challenges and opportunities from 11 European case studies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, 13(3), 51-67. https://doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2017.1417330