The services provided by marine ecosystems: Economic assessments and their usages

Harold Levrel, Pedro Cabral, Océane Marcone, Rémi Mongruel

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The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) is distinguished into the following four categories of ecosystem services: provisioning services, regulating services, cultural services, and supporting services. Different international organizations therefore promote the use of economic evaluations of ecosystem services. A multi-criteria approach to the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services seems from this point best adapted to provide a broad range of indicators for ecosystem services based on ecological, economic or social information, which makes sense to a wide variety of actors. A recent study on the use of the monetary evaluation of ecosystem services lists three main types of possible use: decisive, technical or informative. The production of ecosystem services on land is today envisaged using a strong spatial specialization, including coastal and marine areas. Ecosystem management considers the intra- and interecosystem connections and aims to maintain their capacity to provide multiple services in the long term.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationValue and Economy of Marine Resources
Number of pages51
ISBN (Electronic)9781119007791
ISBN (Print)9781848217065
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2014


  • Economic evaluations
  • Marine ecosystem services
  • Millennium ecosystem assessment (MEA)
  • Monetary evaluation


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