Food, money and lobsters: Valuing ecosystem services to align environmental management with Sustainable Development Goals

Ward, Michelle, Possingham, Hugh, Rhodes, Jonathan R. and Mumby, Peter (2017) Food, money and lobsters: Valuing ecosystem services to align environmental management with Sustainable Development Goals. Ecosystem Services, 29 56-69. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.10.023


Author Ward, Michelle
Possingham, Hugh
Rhodes, Jonathan R.
Mumby, Peter
Title Food, money and lobsters: Valuing ecosystem services to align environmental management with Sustainable Development Goals
Journal name Ecosystem Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2212-0416
Publication date 2017-12-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.10.023
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Start page 56
End page 69
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, NX Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2303 Ecology
1101 Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract With over 1 billion people currently relying on the services provided by marine ecosystems – e.g. food, fibre and coastal protection – governments, scientists and international bodies are searching for innovative research to support decision-makers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Valuing past and present ecosystem services allows investigation into how different scenarios impact the SDGs, such as economic growth, sustainability, poverty and equity among stakeholders. This paper investigates the past and current value of the lobster fishery located in the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. It then uses InVEST to highlight future changes under different scenarios. While we found a significant decline in fishery value over the next ten years under all three scenarios, the exclusion of large-scale fisheries from the marine protected area seems to yield the most positive results in regard to South Africa's SDG commitments. This scenario has the potential to generate approximately 50% more revenue, while also producing the highest available protein to local communities, highest quantity of spawners and highest economic distribution to small-scale fisheries. It is clear through this research that valuing ecosystem services can enable a future of healthy economies, people and environments; the highly sought-after triple-bottom line.
Keyword Ecosystem services
InVEST
South Africa
Sustainable Development Goals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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