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The Little-Understood Importance of Cultural Ecosystem Services in the Marine Environment

Source: Phys.org/Pensoft Publishers - May 16, 2017 in Politics

The Little-Understood Importance of Cultural Ecosystem Services in the Marine Environment
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A detailed scientific literature review published in the open access journal One Ecosystem confirmed that research on marine and coastal cultural ecosystem services is scarce compared to other ecosystem service categories, revealing curious insights and identifying major knowledge gaps.

Available knowledge is not only primarily focused on local and regional sociocultural or economic assessments, but is also mostly coming from Western Europe and North America (USA and Canada). Largely underrepresented, the Global South has only a few studies in South America, Madagascar, and China. Remarkably, no marine and coastal cultural ecosystem services assessments were found in any country of the African continent.

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