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MEPS 530:183-193 (2015)  -  DOI:

A triage approach to improve the relevance of marine ecosystem services assessments

Linwood Pendleton1,2,*, Rémi Mongruel3, Nicola Beaumont4, Tara Hooper4, Mahé Charles5

1UMR-AMURE, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 12 rue de Kergoat - CS 93837, 29238 Brest Cedex 3, France
2Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, 2101 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27708, USA
3UMR-AMURE, Marine Economics Unit, Ifremer Centre Bretagne, ZI de la Pointe du Diable - CS 10070, 29280 Plouzané, France
4Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3DH, UK
5French Marine Protected Area Agency/Agence des aires marines protégées, 16 quai de la Douane - CS 42932, 29229 Brest Cedex 2, France
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ABSTRACT: Ecosystem services assessments are increasingly being used to inform marine policy and planning. These assessments involve significant time, effort, and expertise. It is important at the outset to determine which of many ecosystem services should be quantified and which measures of ecological output, economic impact, or value should be assessed. Furthermore, the literature shows that in practice such assessments are unevenly applied and rarely used effectively in decision-making processes. We develop a structured decision-making approach, called a triage, to assess what types of ecosystem services should be assessed to improve the uptake and usefulness of such information in marine planning. Two case studies, in France and the United Kingdom, provide examples of the application of the triage approach.

KEY WORDS: Ecosystem services · Assessment · Marine planning · Marine protection

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Cite this article as: Pendleton L, Mongruel R, Beaumont N, Hooper T, Charles M (2015) A triage approach to improve the relevance of marine ecosystem services assessments. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 530:183-193.

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