What if conflicts occur between marine biological value estimates and MPAs?

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This article stems from discussions held during 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. This article raises the question of conflict between Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and marine biological valuation, providing a summary of the conclusions from the workshop as follows:

"Value estimates don’t have to compare with selected/proposed MPAs as they are produced by a different methodology and by using different data.

Comparison of both results could be a nice signal to policy makers.

Repetitions of the valuation of a study area when the MPA is implemented since a certain period could give an idea of the effects of the conservation measures on the value."


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)