What is the relationship between the marine biological valuation concept and protocol and international regulation?

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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.

"The valuation protocol should be able to give answers to legislative questions. Including ecological criteria from legislation should ensure that this is the case.

Next to that, data selection (type of data/amount of data) for valuation should be done carefully.

The valuation exercise could be useful to give advice on monitoring issues required by EU legislation.

A problem that arises from EU legislation is the fact that each member state needs to implement the legislation while they have no control on transboundary issues. Marine biological valuation maps (BVMs) on a EU scale could help to solve this problem and could lead to a better implementation of the legislation and to the establishment of more efficient monitoring networks."


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)