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Drawing on the lessons learned from coastal valuations that have successfully informed decision making in the Caribbean, this guidebook leads valuation practitioners through the three phases of a valuation effort to inform decision making: 
1. Scoping
2. Analysis
3. Outreach and Use of Results. Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean - Waite, R., et al, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC, 2014 [Published: 2014]
Policy, Americas
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The Guidance Manual on Valuation and Accounting of Ecosystem Services for Small Island Developing States reveals the degree to which SIDS depend on ecosystem services, and provides policymakers with a reliable approach for capturing and accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to national economic growth and prosperity.   Guidance Manual on Valuation and Accounting of Ecosystem Services for Small Island Developing States - UNEP, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, 2014 [Published: 2014]
Production & Utilisation, Global
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The purpose of this review is to examine the ecological impacts and practices associated with the ornamental trade in coral reef wildlife.  Ecological Impacts and Practices of the Coral Reef Wildlife Trade - Daniel J. Thornhill, Defenders of Wildlife, December 12, 2012 [Published: 2012]
Markets & Trade, Global
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 The technical report, prepared by Stephen Crooks, Dorothée Herr, Jerker Tamelander, Dan Laffoley and Justin Vandever, consolidates information from the literature and provides analysis on the climate change mitigation potential of seagrasses and coastal wetlands, including coastal peats, tidal freshwater wetlands, salt marshes and mangroves. Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems - Crooks, S., D. Herr, J. Tamelander, D. Laffoley, J. Vandever, Environment Department Paper, World Bank, Washington, DC, 2011 [Published: 2011]
Production & Utilisation, Global
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This report focuses on the management of natural coastal carbon sinks. The production of the report has been stimulated by an apparent lack of recognition and focus on coastal marine ecosystems to complement activities already well advanced on land to address the best practice management of carbon sinks.  The Management of Natural Coastal Carbon Sinks - Laffoley, D.d’A. & Grimsditch, G. (eds),The management of natural coastal carbon sinks.
IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 2009 [Published: 2009]
Production & Utilisation, Global
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This guideline describes how to assess the economy of management actions to conserve marine and coastal resources.  The guideline discusses the basics of environmental valuation, explaining economic value, negative externalities, and valuation techniques.  The methodology of cost-benefit analyses is then discussed with the actions’ benefits and costs defined and with the multiple-step analytical procedure explained.  Economic Analyses of Environmental Management Actions for the Yellow Sea - UNDP/GEF, UNDP/GEF YSLME Project, Ansan, Republic of Korea, 2008 [Published: 2008]
Production & Utilisation, Asia
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In 2000,  extensive field surveys were undertaken in Mexico, Central and South America, to gain an overview of the entire Latin American seahorse trade. Specific objectives were to (1) identify the major sources (gear types, areas) and amount of seahorse exploitation, (2) document the major seahorse trading areas and trade routes, (3) quantify the volumes and values of seahorses traded, and (4) identify any concerns and priority areas for future study and seahorse conservation in Latin America. Magnitude and inferred impacts of the seahorse trade in Latin America - Julia K. Baum, Amanda C.J. Vincent, Foundation for Environmental Conservation, 2005 [Published: 2005]
Markets & Trade, Americas
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The main purpose of this study is to analyze the economics of fishery management and other marine industries in the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), reviewing the case for and against regional co-operation in managing the BCLME. The analysis is undertaken for the major transboundary commercial fisheries of the region using hake as the core species underlying the study.  Benguela Current Commission (BCC) Economic Study - Ussif Rashid Sumaila, Gordon Munro, Heather Keith, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C, Canada, 6 March 2005 [Published: 2005]
Production & Utilisation, Africa
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The overall aim of the study was to undertake an economic valuation of coral reefs and adjacent habitats in American Samoa, of sufficient quality and content, to guide future use of resources and management for the territory.  In particular, the aim was to focus on current and potential values for corals and mangroves focussing on artisanal and subsistence fisheries, shoreline protection and recreation/tourism (ecotourism). Economic Valuation of Coral Reefs and Adjacent Habitats in American Samoa - Jacobs in association with: MRAG Americas, Inc., USA, National Institution of Water & Atmospheric Research, NZ, Prof N Polunin (University of Newcastle, UK), Department of Commerce, American Saoma, November 2004 [Published: 2004]
Production & Utilisation, Oceania
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The main purpose of this study was to analyse the economics of fishery management and other marine industries in the BCLME and review the case for and against regional co-operation in managing the BCLME. The analysis was undertaken for the major transboundary commercial fisheries of the region, using the hake fisheries as an example. Economic study and cost benefit analysis of co-operative research  and management for the BCLME - Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2004 [Published: 2004]
Production & Utilisation, Africa
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