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Objectives of this section
Bullet point blueDemonstrate an understanding of the key terms and concepts around biodiversity, socio-ecosystems, ecosystem services, environment and sustainability.
Bullet point blueIdentify the direct and indirect drivers and causes for biodiversity, ecosystem and ecosystem services changes and impacts, and the impacts and dependency of society on ecosystem services.
Bullet point blueUnderstand the link between ecosystem services and wider sustainability issues.

This introductory chapter presents WHY the Ecosystem Services Approach has evolved, WHAT ecosystem services are and HOW the Ecosystem Services Approach proposes assessments and valuations aimed to support sustainable marine and coastal management. The background of the approach and different existing frameworks and examples of applications in marine areas are presented here, as well as the limitations encountered in the operational implementation of the method.

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Before reading this section, formulate in your own words what are ecosystem services.

 

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1 ABOUT ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
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Section coordination by J. Ballé-Béganton11, M. Philippe11 and D. Bailly11 based on written contributions from R. Mongruel5, N. Beaumont8, T. Hooper8, H. Levrel5, P. Somerfield8, E. Thiébaut10, M. Charles1, L. Friedrich9 and W. Dodds9

Bullet point blue1.1 WHY an ecosystem services approach in marine and coastal areas?
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.1.1 Global biodiversity decline
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.1.2 Nature’s worth
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.1.3 Biodiversity, sustainable development and ecosystem services: keywords in governance

Bullet point blue1.2 WHAT is the Ecosystem Services Approach?
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.2.1 Ecosystem services assessment and valuation
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.2.2 What are ecosystem services?
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.2.3 Marine ecosystem services
Bullet point blue   Title level 31.2.3.1 Marine supporting services
Bullet point blue   Title level 31.2.3.2 Marine regulating services
Bullet point blue   Title level 31.2.3.3 Marine provisioning services
Bullet point blue   Title level 31.2.3.4 Marine cultural services
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.2.4 Drivers of change of ecosystem services
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.2.5 Managing pressures and not ecosystem services

Bullet point blue1.3 The HOW: from academic model to practical management tool
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.3.1 Academic milestones of the Ecosystem Services Approach
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.3.2 Existing ecosystem services frameworks
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.3.3 Is ecosystem services valuation all about money?
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.3.4 Ecosystem service assessment in marine management around the world
Bullet point blue   Title level 21.3.5 Limitations


1 Agence des Aires Marines Protégées
2 Cornwall Council
3 Devon County Council / Devon Maritime Forum
4 Dorset County Council/Dorset Coast Forum
5 Ifremer
6 Marine Biological Association of the UK
7 Naturel Régional du Golfe du Morbihan
8 Plymouth Marine Laboratory
9 Plymouth University
10 Station Biologique de Roscoff – Université Pierre et Marie Curie
11 Université de Bretagne Occidentale – Brest/ UMR AMURE

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