Ecosystem services provide the critical conditions and processes through which natural ecosystems and the species that inhabit them support the survival of the human race. After more than 20 years since the first Earth Summit though, the vast majority of the world's nations declared that human actions were dismantling the Earth's ecosystems at a worrying rate.
In the field of marine social-ecological systems, ecosystem services are being increasingly altered as a result of anthropogenic pressures to which they are subjected. In this way, the role of ICES is key in promoting the scientific cooperation necessary for the maintenance of ecosystem services, in turn ensuring the welfare of present and future generations.
By using different quantitative and qualitative models, WGRMES will allow the scientific community, stakeholders, and Member States to estimate how policies, plans and programmes can affect multiple ecosystem services and different management objectives by guiding selection of the best alternatives.
The group's objectives are:
The group has developed two new knowledge repositories:
Social transformations of marine social-ecological systems repository
The repositories are the result of the ICES Science Fund project Social transformation of marine social-ecological systems.