In this session the SGA Network Secretariat are joined by Dr Steve Fletcher (UNEP-WCMC) to deliver a session focusing on ‘The application of Ecosystem Services Assessment to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)’. In particular the webinar explores two themes: 1) how ecosystem services assessment can be used to support decisions concerning the designation of an MPA; and 2) how ecosystem services assessment can support the identification and choice of management measures within MPAs. To provide context to these points, we focus on several worked examples.
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.