Special Issue: Operationalising Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

This Special Issue provides key recommendations for scientists, policy makers and practitioners who intend to operationalise marine and coastal ecosystem services in decision making. This Special Issue is a result of a collaboration between the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services and the Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP) Marine Biome Working Group. It features contributions from participants of the European ESP Conference Session ‘Informing marine and coastal policy using ecosystem service assessments: evidence from real world applications,’ convened by the ESP Marine Biome Working Group in Antwerp, Belgium, on 22 September 2016.

The guest editors, João Garcia Rodriguesa, Sebastián Villasante, Evangelia G. Drakou, Charlène Kermagoret and Nicola Beaumont, are delighted to share six exciting papers with you, that have been published in a Special Issue on Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services. Attempts to put marine and coastal ecosystem services into practice remain surprisingly scarce. To address this gap, this Special Issue presents novel findings and practical recommendations resulting from assessments that were taken up and actually used by policy makers and practitioners. In addition, several papers also provide insights on how scientific outcomes can better inform decision making and have positive impacts on the marine environment.