Marine research has traditionally focused on physical, chemical and biological processes in the water body and its boundaries, whereas the field of marine related socio‐economics is much less studied and
understood. Understanding the mechanisms and ways by which humans utilize marine resources and space directly or indirectly is essential for an integrated assessment and management of the coasts, seas and oceans, and will require an innovative interdisciplinary research approach. It is also an intrinsic requirement for achieving a genuine ecosystem approach to the management of marine resources.
The Marine Board proposes to launch a Working Group (WG VALMARE) specifically targeted at the development of tools for the valuation of marine ecosystem services and their benefits and the utilisation of these tools to facilitate decision making processes and sustainable management of coasts, seas and oceans and their intrinsic resources.
Working Group Aims
Members: see the list here