STUDY: Understanding and valuing marine ecosystem services in the Northern Mozambique Channel | WWF

STUDY: Understanding and valuing marine ecosystem services in the Northern Mozambique Channel

Posted on 01 September 2015    
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The Northern Mozambique Channel (NMC) region is one of world’s outstanding terrestrial and marine biodiversity areas and a biological reservoir for the entire coastal area of East Africa. The coastal communities and economies of the countries and islands bordering the channel are intimately dependent on its marine and coastal resources, through fishing, tourism and other economic activities, making their management and protection of key importance.

In the NMC region, valuing ecosystem services can help bring together national and sectoral policies in a regional context, and safeguard the natural capital that underpins the economies of all countries. The study by Nunes and Ghermandi (2015) compiled and synthesized data on marine ecosystem services to help identify key ecosystem values of the NMC.

Though data on ecosystem services in the Western Indian Ocean is relatively rudimentary, the authors compiled statistics in six key sectors across three ecosystem service groups: cultural (coastal tourism, coastal recreation), provisioning (fishery and mariculture), and regulating services (carbon sequestration and coastal protection).
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