BONUS MARES

Multi-method assessment for resilient ecosystem services and human-nature system integration

Coordinator: Maurizio Sajeva, Pellervo Economic Research PTT
Total budget: EUR 0.45 million
Duration: 1.5 years, 1.10.2018 - 31.03.2020

Abstract
To review and assess the sustainability of Baltic Sea's ecosystem services, synergies, interactions and linkages with human lifestyles, health and well-being, MARES builds a meta-evaluation of existing research in ecological, biological, socio-economic and health sciences and related monetary and non-monetary evaluations. This is done by a multi-dimensional, innovative and participatory future assessment tool-kit for scenario building, that can critically evaluate existing gaps and identify future research needs. It compares and consequentially observes, monitors and evaluates ecosystem services in relation to use and non-use values, including monetary evaluations of non-market benefits, often not accounted or understimated in decision-making. The meta-evaluation also provides indicators and narratives on ecological and socio-economic drivers and constraints as well as on their uncertainty. Dependencies and interactions are in this way analysed by participatory social learning. A user-friendly platform represents the geo-spatial heterogeneity of the performed assessment, interfacing strategic evaluations for human lifestyles and well-being with decision-making. This includes strategic management practices (e.g. industrial or fisheries) and allocation of rights and responsibilities. MARES publishes the results in scientific and non-scientific papers for the use of different stakeholder groups.

Keywords: Multi-method tool-kit for meta-evaluation, marine ecosystem services for human health and well-being, future scenarios, strength of science-policy interaction, geo-spatial representation

Partners: Finland, Estonia, Germany

Introductory article: see BONUS in Brief page 6, November 2018