Typology and indicators of ecosystem services for marine spatial planning and management

A Bohnke-Henrichs, C Baulcomb, R Koss, SS Hussain, RS de Groot

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The ecosystem services concept provides both an analytical and communicative tool to identify and quantify the link between human welfare and the environment, and thus to evaluate the ramifications of management interventions. Marine spatial planning (MSP) and Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) are a form of management intervention that has become increasingly popular and important globally. The ecosystem service concept is rarely applied in marine planning and management to date which we argue is due to the lack of a well-structured, systematic classification and assessment of marine ecosystem services. In this paper we not only develop such a typology but also provide guidance to select appropriate indicators for all relevant ecosystem services. We apply this marine-specific ecosystem service typology to MSP and EBM. We thus provide not only a novel theoretical construct but also show how the ecosystem services concept can be used in marine planning and management. 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135 - 145
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPrint publication - Nov 2013

Bibliographical note



  • Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based management
  • Indicators
  • Marine Strategy Framework Directive
  • Marine ecosystem services typology
  • Marine spatial planning


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