In this session the SGA Network Secretariat are joined by Dr Steve Fletcher (UNEP-WCMC) to deliver a session exploring the role of ecosystem services assessment (ESA) in marine and coastal policy. This includes an overview of why it can be beneficial to include ESA in marine and coastal policy making, how to conduct ESA in such a way as to support its uptake into policy (and management), and the relationship between ESA in stakeholder engagement in a marine context. These themes are explored using worked examples from a variety of recent projects.
Dr Fletcher is Head of the Marine Programme at UNEP-WCMC and Associate Professor in Marine Policy at Plymouth University, UK. He has expertise in ecosystem services assessment, coastal and marine policy analysis, socio-economics of coastal resources, and applied coastal and marine governance. He co-led the VALMER project (valmer.eu) which tested the application of marine ecosystem service assessment to the management of the Western English Channel, and recently conducted a marine ecosystem services assessment of the marine area of St. Helena.