The first MERCES webinar entitled “Getting Better Value from our Coasts” (https://news.grida.no/getting-better-value-from-our-coasts) took place Friday, 15 February 2018. It was organised by Eva Ramirez-Llodra (NIVA) and moderated by David Billett (Deep Seas Environmental Solutions Ltd), co-leaders of MERCES Work Package on Putting Industry at the Heart of the Marine Ecosystem restoration Agenda.
The webinar was attended by 64 participants from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and the UK, including 21 companies. New members signed up for the MERCES Business Club following the webinar.
The webinar was hosted by GRID-Arendal and the Marine Ecosystems Services Partnership using ZOOM.
The webinar started with a short introduction by David Billett to the MERCES project and the aims of the MERCES Business Club including how the webinar series was intended to bring together businesses, policy makers, decision takers and scientists with an interest in marine ecosystem restoration.
The core of the webinar included two talks of 15 minutes each followed by a discussion with the audience. The talks and speakers were:
- Dr Scott Cole, EnviroEconomics Sweden Consultancy, Gothenburg - (Valuing Multiple Eelgrass Ecosystem Services in Sweden: Fish Production and Uptake of Carbon and Nitrogen).
Scott Cole, an environmental economist, discussed a three-year research project that developed an interdisciplinary framework for estimating the monetary value associated with multiple ecosystem services provided by eelgrass meadows and how the consideration of multiple benefits in the coastal zone leads to better management decisions. The work was completed in collaboration with Dr PerOlav Moksnes of the Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenberg. Dr Moksnes directs the Zorro project on seagrass ecosystem restoration (https://havochsamhalle.gu.se). EnviroEconomics Sweden Consultancy is a member of the MERCES Business Club (http://www.eesweden.com/).
- Professor Johan van der Koppel, Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) - (Using 3D Computer graphics to convey restoration goals to decision-makers and the general public).
Johan van de Koppel outlined a new technique for presenting the projected outcome of nature restoration and compensation projects using a combination of ecological models and 3D visualization techniques. Using ecological simulation models, the NIOZ team predicts the way in which ecosystems might evolve following restoration measures. This is then used as the basis for 3D Computer Graphics techniques that can build photo-realistic representations of what ecosystems may look like following restoration. Professor van der Koppel is the co-leader of MERCES Work Package on the restoration of soft bottom ecosystems (https://johanvandekoppel.nl/).
The webinar was archived and can be found in the following links: