Identification, definition and quantification of goods and services provided by marine biodiversity: Implications for the ecosystem approach

N.J. Beaumont, M.C. Austen, J.P. Atkins, D. Burdon, S. Degraer, T.P. Dentinho, S. Serous, P. Holm, T. Horton, E.C. van Ierland, A.H. Marboe, D.J. Starkey, M. Townsend, T. Zarzycki

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This paper identifies and defines ecosystem goods and services provided by marine biodiversity. Case studies have been used to provide an insight into the practical issues associated with the assessment of marine ecosystem goods and services at specific locations. The aim of this research was to validate the definitions of goods and services, and to identify knowledge gaps and likely difficulties of quantifying the goods and services. A validated theoretical framework for the assessment of goods and services is detailed, and examples of the goods and services at a variety of case study areas are documented. These results will enable future assessments of marine ecosystem goods and services. It is concluded that the utilisation of this goods and services approach has the capacity to play a fundamental role in the Ecosystem Approach, by enabling the pressures and demands of society, the economy and the environment to be integrated into environmental management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-265
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007



  • wadden sea
  • baltic sea
  • north-sea
  • valuation
  • fisheries
  • information
  • economics
  • benefits
  • impacts
  • demands

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