A concept for biological valuation in the marine environment

S Derous, M. Tundi Agardy, H Hillewaert, K Hostens, G Jamieson, L Lieberknecht, J Mees, I Moulaert, S Olenin, Desiré Paelinckx, M Rabaut, E Rachor, J. C Roff, Eric Stienen, J. T Van der Wal, V Van Lancker, E Verfaillie, M Vincx, J. M Weslawski, S Degraer

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    In order to develop management strategies for sustainable use and conservation in the marine environment, reliable and meaningful, but integrated ecological information is needed. Biological valuation maps that compile and summarize all available biological and ecological information for a study area, and that allocate an overall biological value to subzones, can be used as baseline maps for future spatial planning at sea. This paper provides a concept for marine biological valuation which is based on a literature review of existing valuation criteria and the consensus reached by a discussion group of experts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)99-128
    Number of pages30
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    • Coast and estuaries

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B003-ecology


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