Economic and Climate Change Pressures on Biodiversity in Southern Mediterranean Coastal Areas

MEDPRO Technical Paper No. 24

24 Pages Posted: 31 May 2013

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Laura Onofri

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Francesco Bosello

University of Milan - Department of Economics, Business and Statistics; CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Date Written: February 5, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Onofri, Laura and Nunes, Paulo A.L.D. and Bosello, Francesco, Economic and Climate Change Pressures on Biodiversity in Southern Mediterranean Coastal Areas (February 5, 2013). MEDPRO Technical Paper No. 24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214906

Laura Onofri (Contact Author)

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

C.so Magenta 63
Milano, 20123
Italy

Paulo A.L.D. Nunes

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

C.so Magenta 63
Milano, 20123
Italy

Francesco Bosello

University of Milan - Department of Economics, Business and Statistics

Via Festa del Perdono, 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

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Lecce, I-73100
Italy

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