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A concept for biological valuation in the marine environment

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Author(s): Eric Willem Maria Stienen | Steven Degraer | Hans Hillewaer | Kris Hosten | Glen Jamieson | Louise Lieberknecht | Jan Mees | Ine Moulaert | Sergej Olenin | Desire Paelinckx | Marijn Rabaut | Eike Rachor | John Roff | Eric Willem Maria Stienen | Jan Tjalling van der Wal | Vera van Lancker | Els Verfaillie | Magda Vincx | Jan Marcin Węsławski | Steven Degraer

Journal: Oceanologia
ISSN 0078-3234

Volume: 49;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Marine biological valuation | Biodiversity | Ecological valuation criteria | Intrinsic value | Hotspot approach

ABSTRACT
In order to develop management strategies for sustainable useand conservation in the marine environment, reliable and meaningful,but integrated ecological information is needed. Biological valuationmaps that compile and summarize all available biological andecological information for a study area, and that allocate anoverall biological value to subzones, can be used as baselinemaps for future spatial planning at sea. This paper providesa concept for marine biological valuation which is based on aliterature review of existing valuation criteria and the consensusreached by a discussion group of experts.

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