Can beaches be valued with the same concept and protocol as the marine environment?
This discussion is part of a summary of the results of a workshop on marine biological valuation, held from 6 to 8 December 2006 at Ghent (Belgium). The workshop was a joint venture of the EU CA ENCORA (http://www.encora.org) and the EU NoE MARBEF (http://www.marbef.org). Both Theme 7 within ENCORA and Theme 3 within MARBEF deal with marine/coastal biological valuation and the workshop aimed to reach a consensus on this topic.
The biological valuation concept and protocol were developed for marine systems and it is questionnable whether the same methodology can be applied to the terrestrial coastal areas like dunes and beaches.
Most participants agreed that the developed valuation methodology should be tested on beach case study areas to see whether it can also be used in these habitats.
If not, the methodology should be adapted to the specific needs of beach environments.
These paragraphs reflect the main discussion outcomes of the ENCORA Theme 7-MARBEF Theme 3 workshop on marine biological valuation (6-8 December 2006, Gent, Belgium). (http://www.marbef.org/documents/Theme3/GhentWS/report.pdf)