Valuation of Marine Ecological Services

A Stream on “Valuation of Marine Ecological Services: The Mediterranean”
as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies
15-18 April 2019, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies

ATINER is organizing a Stream on “Valuation of Marine Ecological Services: The Mediterranean”, 15-18 April 2019, Athens, Greece as part of the 12th Annual International Conference on Mediterranean Studies sponsored by the Athens Journal of Mediterranean Studies.

While many current and potential uses of the seas have clearly defined economic value and apparent benefits to various stakeholders (e.g. fishing, energy and raw materials extraction, maritime traffic), the entire marine ecosystem’s benefits are severely underexplored and are not manifested in economic terms. Coupled with increasingly changing environmental conditions (e.g. climate change, biological invasion), the need for performing both evaluations cum spatial analyses of the benefits derived from these ecosystems, is clearly evident. We should evaluate marine and coastal ecosystem services in order to quantify and map their contributions to future generations of humanity.

Obviously a variety of evaluation methods may be employed whereby the benefits of the assessed ecosystem services will be assessed; for example, monetized. Research should also dwell on spatial analyses of marine ecosystem services in order to map the spatial distribution of benefits, identify critical areas of ecosystem services’ supply, and provide predictive supply trends given expected marine resource management scenarios.

The outcome of the proposed panel may provide fundamental estimation of the wide array of present and forthcoming ecosystem services. Any future management scheme for these resources must in the future take into account not only the inherent values of ecosystem services, but also the possible trade-offs between various management policies as well as their economic and social implications (often uncertain). In order to fully encapsulate the realized and potential benefits of marine ecosystem services, research should be expanded to include all ecosystem services and to explore means for possibly enhancing existing benefits. In addition, the research should explore possible conflicts with other marine usages (e.g. extraction and utilization of energy resources, maritime traffic, coastal – e.g., recreational – and marine infrastructure expansion) as well as the investigation of possible pathways for future sustainable management of the seas. You may participate as a presenter of one paper, chair of a session or an observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit a 300-word abstract before 4 March 2019, by email, to atiner@atiner.grDr. Mordechai Shechter, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Haifa, Israel.

Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form. Decisions will be reached within four weeks of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER & Honorary Professor, University of Stirling, UK (

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