Marine Ecosystem Services: How Is That Valuation Thing Treating You?

By Linwood Pendleton


Well it finally happened … marine ecosystem services have become trendy and that has some peoples’ knickers in a twist.

Cartoon by Mike Twohy, New Yorker Collection, The Cartoon Bank

Recent articles raise questions, and offer some answers, about the usefulness, and even the ethics, of ecosystem services (ES) thinking and valuation in marine management. Unmüßig finds grounds for fears that monetization will lead to commodification, diminish biodiversity, and ignore cultural and spiritual values. Kronenberg echoes those concerns using the little known field of economic ornithology.