Sub-working group of BWG 1 – Marine Systems
1. Introduction & Objectives
Coral reefs are highly productive, diverse and attractive ecosystems producing a wide range of valuable goods and services with considerable economic value. In addition to their economic importance, coral reefs play essential roles in maintaining food-webs and biochemical balance in the marine and coastal environment. They are also very important to the livelihood and cultural identity of millions of people living in coastal communities.
Objective: The objective of the Coral Reefs Working Group is to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to exchange information and discuss ideas and experiences on Assessment of Ecosystem Services provided by Coral Reef ecosystems and make the information available to a wider community of users.
2. Lead Team & Members
- Pieter van Beukering, IvM-VU, The Netherlands
- Luke Brander, Hong Kong
- Mahe Charles, Agence des aires marines protégées, FR
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3. Activities and Outputs
This Working Group has close links with the “Marine Systems Working Group” which is working on, among others a database on Marine ES and values, Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning tools using ES (notably Marine InVEST) and Marine Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) tools and concepts.