EMB Science Webinar - Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services | European Marine Board

EMB Science Webinar - Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services

On Thursday 21 January 2021, EMB will host its fifth Science Lunch Webinar on Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services, focussing on cultural values and how nature's contribution to people can be valued. The webinar will be 1 hour long and will take place from 13:00 - 14:00 CET.

This webinar will dive deeper in different ways to value Marine Ecosystem Services with some practical examples by two experts in the field. The valuation of Marine Ecosystem Services was explored in EMB's 5th Future Science Brief on Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services. Gregg Verutes, a PhD student in marine science, technology, and management at the Campus Do Mar and the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain will provide an introduction to valuing nature's contribution to people with the marine InVEST toolbox. Dr. Gill Ainsworth, a Social Scientist at Department of Applied Economics of the University of Santiago de Compostela, will discuss how cultural values can be accounted for for Marine Ecosystem Services. There will be some time for an interactive discussion with the participants after the presentations.

Gregg Verutes blends the fields of geography and technology to empower natural resource managers and data analysts who are passionate about protecting the planet.  His research interests include biodiversity conservation, natural resource use and management in the context of intensified human activity and climate change.  Gregg enjoys designing scientific tools to support sustainable development planning through data-driven visualization, interactive storytelling, and game-based learning.

As a social scientist, Gill's role is to design, manage and interpret sociological research, often within interdisciplinary projects, using a range of methodologies to improve biodiversity outcomes. Her area of specialisation involves understanding the social factors that shape human interactions with the natural environment, such as non-material (social, shared and cultural) values of threatened species and marine ecosystem services. This research has significant impact because it often explores the interface between science and policy, for example when scientific evidence affects stakeholder livelihoods. She has been working in environmental conservation within the ENGO and academic sectors for over 20 years. 

The webinar will be hosted on ZOOM, for which you can register via the link below. The recording of the webinar will also be made available on the EMB YouTube page.

Location: Online webinar
When: 21 January 2021 to 21 January 2021
Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_78wqdQAwRhChIuqnQbvmnw