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About the project

We will progress substantially beyond the current state-of-the-art understanding of the causes and consequences of the maintenance, loss and gain of biodiversity and ecological and economic value and the repercussions of this for the management and governance of European seas.

Involving 23 highly experienced partners, the project outputs and outcomes are based on developing and validating a set of ecological, economic and socio-cultural valuation tools using existing and new information and data in 12 Broad Belt Transect case studies.

These cover the breadth of European marine biodiversity, from the Arctic to semi-tropical areas, across dominant habitats and iconic species, and from shallow to deep areas and encompass a range of socio-economic contexts.

As such, and through stakeholder co-creation for policy relevance, MARBEFES shows the tools to value different natural capital resources and inform planning from financial allocations to management and with monetary and non-monetary benefits.

In this, the project advances our knowledge through linking marine biodiversity and its ecological structure and functioning to ecological and economic valuation.

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Last update: 25.09.2023 by Paulina Pakszys
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MARine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning leading to Ecosystem Services


Project duration:

48 months


23 international partners


8 working packages

Total budget:

15 mln euro

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This is the first MARBEFES newsletter ISSUE 1 entitled 
Linking marine biodiversity to economic and cultural valuation 
releasead December 2023. ...

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      A new MARBEFES-flagged paper for the Sardinian BBT has been published in Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, entitled 'Macrobenthos of lagoon ecosystems: a comparison in vegetated and bare sediments, by Magni and Gravina...

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Joint event MARBEFES & BIOcean5D - BioBlitz & Ocean of Changes

The first from the four planned MARBEFES BioBlitz actions was organized at the Baltic sea shore in Sopot, Poland. The key idea is to find coastal site that is accessible and known for the wide public – ideally a public park at the seaside. This...

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