CIESM Marine Economics Research Program
Identify the value, in economic terms, of marine ecosystems and their natural assets

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The overarching goal behind the new Marine Economics Research Program is to bring a socio-economics, human-welfare based perspective around the CIESM core in marine science research.

From an economical, human-welfare perspective, the overall value of the marine environment is anchored in its capacity to provide a broad, unique range of goods and services. This refers inter alia to marine food products and security (including fisheries and aquaculture, seaweed and other sea-based food), marine transport services (including shipping, ports, submarine cables and pipelines), marine energy services (including offshore hydrocarbon industries and other marine-based energy industries, e.g. wind farms), marine tourism and recreation (including coastal tourism), marine climate regulation services (including carbon sequestration), marine genetic resources. Expand

By nature, the CIESM Marine Economics Research Program has for mission to represent the specific Mediterranean interests in the relevant CIESM international endeavours. Concrete collaborations with the World Bank, UNEP, and IPBES are ongoing.

Cooperative projects with:

1) World Bank / UNEP:  WAVES Global partnership Expand

2) EU / DG Research and Innovation: VECTORS project; MICRO B3 project Expand

3) United Nations / IPBES Platform:  Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Expand

CIESM Marine Economics Task Force

The Marine Economics Program, in true CIESM style, will rely on the collective wisdom of an International Advisory Task Force, pulling together reputed economists whose research interests include the study of biodiversity and ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea.

Representative papers stemming from the CIESM Marine Economics Program:

• Ghermandi and Nunes, 2013. "A global map of coastal recreation values: Results from a spatially explicit meta-analysis" Ecological Economics, 86: 1-15. Download
• Onofri and Ding, 2012. "An Economic Model for Bioprospecting Contracts" International Journal of Ecological Economics & Statistics, 26(3): 48-86. Download