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Title: Assessing, quantifying and valuing the ecosystem services of coastal lagoons
Author: Newton, Alice
Brito, Ana C.
Icely, John D.
Derolez, Valérie
Clara, Inês
Angus, Stewart
Schernewski, Gerald
Inácio, Miguel
Lillebø, Ana I.
Sousa, Ana I.
Béjaoui, Béchir
Solidoro, Cosimo
Tosic, Marko
Cañedo-Argüelles, Miguel
Yamamuro, Masumi
Reizopoulou, Sofia
Tseng, Hsiao-Chun
Canu, Donata
Roselli, Leonilde
Maanan, Mohamed
Cristina, Sónia
Ruiz-Fernández, Ana Carolina
Lima, Ricardo F. de
Kjerfve, Björn
Rubio-Cisneros, Nadia
Pérez-Ruzafa, Angel
Marcos, Concepción
Pastres, Roberto
Pranovi, Fabio
Snoussi, Maria
Turpie, Jane
Tuchkovenko, Yurii
Dyack, Brenda
Brookes, Justin
Povilanskas, Ramunas
Khokhlov, Valeriy
Keywords: Coastal lagoons
Ecosystem services
Climate change
Human welfare
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: The natural conservation of coastal lagoons is important not only for their ecological importance, but also because of the valuable ecosystem services they provide for human welfare and wellbeing. Coastal lagoons are shallow semi-enclosed systems that support important habitats such as wetlands, mangroves, salt-marshes and seagrass meadows, as well as a rich biodiversity. Coastal lagoons are also complex social-ecological systems with ecosystem services that provide livelihoods, wellbeing and welfare to humans. This study assessed, quantified and valued the ecosystem services of 32 coastal lagoons. The main findings of the study are: (i) the definitions of ecosystem services are still not generally accepted; (ii) the quantification of ecosystem services is made in many different ways, using different units; (iii) the evaluation in monetary terms of some ecosystem service is problematic, often relying on non-monetary evaluation methods; (iv) when ecosystem services are valued in monetary terms, this may represent very different human benefits; and, (v) different aspects of climate change, including increasing temperature, sea-level rise and changes in rainfall patterns threaten the valuable ecosystem services of coastal lagoons.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2018.02.009
ISSN: 1617-1381
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