TEEB for Oceans and Coasts Around the World

The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) was proposed in early 2010 as an effort to create a virtual center for information and communication on the human uses of marine ecosystem services around the world. Responding to the growing library of economic valuation data, the Partnership strives to provide up-to-date and easily accessible data for the use of policy makers, environmental managers, researchers, and marine ecosystem stakeholders. In its first iteration, the MESP database held over 900 entries of economic valuation data representing over 2000 values.  Not intended to replace other databases, the Partnership strives to be a community of practice through which data users and managers can work collectively to better integrate ecosystem services data with marine policy needs. This collaboration is aided with the use of tools such as the valuation mapper – a dynamic map allowing users to burrow down through different types of data by inputting spatial and thematic queries. Visit the MESP site today!