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Ecosystem services: A bridge or barrier for UK marine stakeholders?

McKinley, Emma, Pagès, Jordi F., Wyles, Kayleigh J. and Beaumont, Nicola (2019) Ecosystem services: A bridge or barrier for UK marine stakeholders? Ecosystem Services, 37, 100922.

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Abstract

Ecosystem services conceptualises the multiple interactions between ecosystems and the people and communities benefitting from their direct or indirect use, aiming to provide stakeholders and scientists with a common language. While some users appear to have adopted this language and terminology, there are concerns that the complexities associated with the concept make it inaccessible and, rather than providing stakeholders with a tool to explain complex relationships, the language and terminology itself may disengage. Through surveying UKbased coastal and marine stakeholders (n=158), this study examines stakeholders’ perceptions of the concept of ecosystem services and its role and usefulness within the marine and coastal science-policy-practice interface. Overall, stakeholders provided favourable opinions, with findings similar across respondents with the exception of industry; which used it less, was less confident with it and believed it to be less important. The results provide an evidenced argument for the benefits of the ecosystem services approach, including communication, supporting management and linking environment to humans. The analysis also details the required advancements to ensure effective future use, including improved terminology, pluralistic valuation and shared learning. Finally, the paper highlights challenges and benefits relating to the term, creating links to ongoing discussions about effective scientific communication for marine and coastal management.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
McKinley, Emma
Pagès, Jordi F.
Wyles, Kayleigh J.k.wyles@surrey.ac.uk
Beaumont, Nicola
Date : June 2019
Funders : The Welsh Government and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
DOI : 10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100922
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Environment; Policy; Governance; Management; Practitioners; Coastal
Additional Information : The Authors acknowledge the financial support provided by the Welsh Government and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales through the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment. Additionally, this research formed part of the Valuing Nature Programme (valuing-nature.net) which is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This research was supported by the UK Research Councils under Natural Environment Research Council award NE/N013573/1, Title CoastWEB: Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health and WEllBeing, with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards.
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 28 Aug 2019 09:25
Last Modified : 17 Oct 2019 14:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852485

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