Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Anne Böhnke-Henrichs

Date: 19 May 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Online

Dissertation title: 

Turning the tide – How marine ecosystem-service assessments contribute to preserve healthy seas

Group: Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University

Promotor: prof. dr R Leemans
Co-promotor: dr RS de Groot

Marine ecosystems support the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide but these systems are degraded by various human pressures. My thesis aims to develop, adapt and apply ecosystem service (ES) assessments towards the policy goal of healthy seas which has been adopted by the EU, for example. My thesis develops a marine ES typology that is applied to three different case studies. The Black Sea case study on nutrient and fisheries management analyses ES supply and develops a set of indicators to link ecosystem management and ES changes. The salt marsh-restoration case study in The Venice Lagoon analyses societal demand for ESs and management preferences. The Dogger Bank case study in the North Sea adopts a mixed-methods approach in which ES supply and societal ES demand and management preferences are initially assessed with separate methods and subsequently integrated for a more comprehensive assessment. I discuss insights obtained from the case studies and show that ESs can contribute to achieve the policy goals of healthy seas.

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