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Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Ecosystem-Based Marine Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region - why, when and how?

Reuterswärd, Ida LU (2015) In IIIEE Master thesis IME030 20151
The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
Abstract
The ecosystems of the Baltic Sea are under severe pressure, threating the long-term prosperity of the region and human wellbeing. New marine management approaches need to be tested and developed. Valuation of ecosystem services in the process of ecosystem-based marine spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region could be useful in improving communication between stakeholders, as well as, the evaluation of progress towards achieving good environmental status. This thesis investigates why, when and how valuation of ecosystem services could be integrated into the marine spatial planning process in the Baltic Sea Region. The rationales for this are many, including recent regional policy developments supporting ecosystem-based management that... (More)
The ecosystems of the Baltic Sea are under severe pressure, threating the long-term prosperity of the region and human wellbeing. New marine management approaches need to be tested and developed. Valuation of ecosystem services in the process of ecosystem-based marine spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region could be useful in improving communication between stakeholders, as well as, the evaluation of progress towards achieving good environmental status. This thesis investigates why, when and how valuation of ecosystem services could be integrated into the marine spatial planning process in the Baltic Sea Region. The rationales for this are many, including recent regional policy developments supporting ecosystem-based management that contributes to the achievement of good environmental status, and substantial work initiated making ecosystem services visible through mapping and assessment, as well as, the testing of methods of ecosystem valuation. This thesis suggests that ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and valuation of ecosystem services could be seen as mutually supportive; the marine spatial planning decision-making process would benefit from valuation and valuation of ecosystem services would benefit from having a policy framework to impact decision-making. Following a template for marine spatial planning, this thesis suggests that valuation of ecosystem services could be relevant to consider at all stages of the planning process, and that the process could benefit from a pragmatic approach, including exploring qualitative, quantitative, as well as, monetary valuation. This thesis argues that a broad and multi-disciplinary stakeholder learning process is necessary to integrate valuation of ecosystem services in marine spatial planning, strengthening the understanding of the link between resource systems and governance systems, and indeed, the link between the economy and the environment. (Less)
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author
Reuterswärd, Ida LU
supervisor
organization
course
IME030 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
marine spatial planning, valuation of ecosystem services, Baltic Sea Region, ecosystem-based decision-making
publication/series
IIIEE Master thesis
report number
2015:4
ISSN
1401-9191
language
English
id
7358856
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2015-06-16 12:03:01
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2015-06-18 14:04:28
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  abstract     = {The ecosystems of the Baltic Sea are under severe pressure, threating the long-term prosperity of the region and human wellbeing. New marine management approaches need to be tested and developed. Valuation of ecosystem services in the process of ecosystem-based marine spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region could be useful in improving communication between stakeholders, as well as, the evaluation of progress towards achieving good environmental status. This thesis investigates why, when and how valuation of ecosystem services could be integrated into the marine spatial planning process in the Baltic Sea Region. The rationales for this are many, including recent regional policy developments supporting ecosystem-based management that contributes to the achievement of good environmental status, and substantial work initiated making ecosystem services visible through mapping and assessment, as well as, the testing of methods of ecosystem valuation. This thesis suggests that ecosystem-based marine spatial planning and valuation of ecosystem services could be seen as mutually supportive; the marine spatial planning decision-making process would benefit from valuation and valuation of ecosystem services would benefit from having a policy framework to impact decision-making. Following a template for marine spatial planning, this thesis suggests that valuation of ecosystem services could be relevant to consider at all stages of the planning process, and that the process could benefit from a pragmatic approach, including exploring qualitative, quantitative, as well as, monetary valuation. This thesis argues that a broad and multi-disciplinary stakeholder learning process is necessary to integrate valuation of ecosystem services in marine spatial planning, strengthening the understanding of the link between resource systems and governance systems, and indeed, the link between the economy and the environment.},
  author       = {Reuterswärd, Ida},
  issn         = {1401-9191},
  keyword      = {marine spatial planning,valuation of ecosystem services,Baltic Sea Region,ecosystem-based decision-making},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {IIIEE Master thesis},
  title        = {Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Ecosystem-Based Marine Spatial Planning in the Baltic Sea Region - why, when and how?},
  year         = {2015},
}