Economic and Climate Change Pressures on Biodiversity in Southern Mediterranean Coastal Areas
MEDPRO Technical Paper No. 24
24 Pages Posted: 31 May 2013
Date Written: February 5, 2013
This paper establishes and measures key biodiversity and ecosystem health indicators and the number of world heritage sites in coastal areas at global level. It then estimates – econometrically – the indicators’ influence on the provision of tourism values through the marine ecosystem function as a harbour of biodiversity, and as a provider of amenity values and marine cultural identity. The report then focuses on the MEDPRO region, providing some estimates of the potential impact of climate change on these services for a given temperature increase scenario. Finally, the effect on ecosystem-related tourism is computed for the four MEDPRO social economic scenarios. The analysis is enriched by some quantification of the potential costs of adaptation.
Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem health, climate change, southern Mediterranean
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