There is a growing attention for the impact of the ocean economy in the European landscape. In order to plan for a sustainable Blue Growth, to manage ocean and coastal ecosystems, and to deal with the effects of climate change; ocean management and planning decisions need to better incorporate the value of marine ecosystem services and natural capital. The European Marine Board has published a Future Science Brief highlighting current thinking in ecosystem service valuation for the marine environment. The conference aims to discuss with representatives from the research community, policy makers, and ecosystem valuation practitioners about what is needed to assess the long-term sustainability of blue growth, support ecosystem based policy development and marine management decisions, and raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment to society and in the economy.
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3 April, 2019