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Mechanisms & Risk of Cumulative Impacts to Coastal Ecosystem Services: An Expert Elicitation Approach

October 24, 2017 |

This article was originally published on Nereus Program

“Coastal ecosystems are among some of the most populated ecosystems on earth. Human activities degrade and convert coastal ecosystems through infrastructure development, resource extraction, and tourism, among other anthropogenic activities. There is an urgency to gain a comprehensive understanding of how human activities/stressors impact coastal ecosystems and their affiliated ecosystem services. It is essential to understand the risks posed to ecosystem services- the benefits people obtain from ecosystems- by human coastal activities, in order to achieve a balanced and effective management administration.

A new article led by Nereus Program Senior Fellow Gerald Singh in the Journal of Environmental Management addresses the need for tools that identify how human drivers impact coastal ecosystems in order to prioritize management actions when data is unavailable. Where cumulative impacts are defined as the combined total effect of multiple effects that limit the ability of people to enjoy ecosystem services, the authors of this paper found that misunderstanding and/or misinterpreting the severity and mechanistic pathway of cumulative impacts can lead to misguided management efforts…”

Read on at: Nereus Program.

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