Current state of seagrass ecosystem services: Research and policy integration

dc.contributor.authorRuiz-Frau, A.
dc.contributor.authorGelcich, S.
dc.contributor.authorHendriks, I.E.
dc.contributor.authorDuarte, Carlos M.
dc.contributor.authorMarbà, N.
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentMarine Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Global Change Research IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Miquel Marqués 21, 07190 Esporles, Spain
dc.contributor.institutionCenter of Applied Ecology and Sustainability & Laboratorio Internacional en Cambio Global, Facultad de ciencias biologicas, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-30T08:39:52Z
dc.date.available2017-10-30T08:39:52Z
dc.date.issued2017-10-12
dc.date.published-online2017-10-12
dc.date.published-print2017-11
dc.description.abstractSeagrasses contribute to the maintenance of human wellbeing. However certain aspects of their role as ecosystem service (ES) providers remain understudied. Here, we synthesise the state of seagrass ES (SGES) research and policy implications. Additionally, we recommend ways in which SGES research can be integrated in to policy design, by drawing lessons from the case of Blue Carbon (BC). SGES research suffers from three main biases: a geographical bias, SGES has been restricted to chartered seagrass areas; a type of service research bias, provisioning and regulating services have received extensive attention while cultural services remain understudied; a type of discipline bias, the ecological aspects of SGES have been well documented while economic and social aspects remain in comparison understudied. These are particularly important, as an understanding of the social and economic considerations of the provision of ES is fundamental to facilitate its integration into policy frameworks. Lessons drawn from the operationalization process of BC show the reoccurrence of certain aspects that have enabled the integration of BC into policy. These aspects are grouped under 4 different categories. From the analysis of these elements we draw lessons that could facilitate the operationalization of other ecosystem services and their incorporation into management policy frameworks.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to genuinely thank the contribution of the anonymous reviewers whose suggestions greatly improved the quality of the present publication. Funding: this study was funded by the EU FP7 OPERAs (contract no. 308393).
dc.identifier.citationRuiz-Frau A, Gelcich S, Hendriks IE, Duarte CM, Marbà N (2017) Current state of seagrass ecosystem services: Research and policy integration. Ocean & Coastal Management 149: 107–115. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.004.
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.004
dc.identifier.issn0964-5691
dc.identifier.journalOcean & Coastal Management
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/626036
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569117304325
dc.titleCurrent state of seagrass ecosystem services: Research and policy integration
dc.typeArticle
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display.details.right<span><h5>Abstract</h5>Seagrasses contribute to the maintenance of human wellbeing. However certain aspects of their role as ecosystem service (ES) providers remain understudied. Here, we synthesise the state of seagrass ES (SGES) research and policy implications. Additionally, we recommend ways in which SGES research can be integrated in to policy design, by drawing lessons from the case of Blue Carbon (BC). SGES research suffers from three main biases: a geographical bias, SGES has been restricted to chartered seagrass areas; a type of service research bias, provisioning and regulating services have received extensive attention while cultural services remain understudied; a type of discipline bias, the ecological aspects of SGES have been well documented while economic and social aspects remain in comparison understudied. These are particularly important, as an understanding of the social and economic considerations of the provision of ES is fundamental to facilitate its integration into policy frameworks. Lessons drawn from the operationalization process of BC show the reoccurrence of certain aspects that have enabled the integration of BC into policy. These aspects are grouped under 4 different categories. From the analysis of these elements we draw lessons that could facilitate the operationalization of other ecosystem services and their incorporation into management policy frameworks.<br><br><h5>Citation</h5>Ruiz-Frau A, Gelcich S, Hendriks IE, Duarte CM, Marbà N (2017) Current state of seagrass ecosystem services: Research and policy integration. Ocean & Coastal Management 149: 107–115. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.004.<br><br><h5>Acknowledgements</h5>The authors would like to genuinely thank the contribution of the anonymous reviewers whose suggestions greatly improved the quality of the present publication. Funding: this study was funded by the EU FP7 OPERAs (contract no. 308393).<br><br><h5>Publisher</h5><a href="https://repository.kaust.edu.sa/search?spc.sf=dc.date.issued&spc.sd=DESC&f.publisher=Elsevier BV,equals">Elsevier BV</a><br><br><h5>Journal</h5><a href="https://repository.kaust.edu.sa/search?spc.sf=dc.date.issued&spc.sd=DESC&f.journal=Ocean & Coastal Management,equals">Ocean & Coastal Management</a><br><br><h5>DOI</h5><a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.004">10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.10.004</a><br><br><h5>Additional Links</h5>http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0964569117304325</span>
kaust.personDuarte, Carlos M.
orcid.authorRuiz-Frau, A.
orcid.authorGelcich, S.
orcid.authorHendriks, I.E.
orcid.authorDuarte, Carlos M.::0000-0002-1213-1361
orcid.authorMarbà, N.
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