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Share your research: social & cultural values & valuation of UK marine & coastal ecosystems

10 March 2024

We are calling for researchers to submit research to feed into a structured review of social and cultural values of UK marine and coastal ecosystems, as part of Defra's Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme. 

“We are keen to identify studies that relate to the social and cultural values of UK marine and coastal ecosystems, to inform ongoing work around Defra's Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme. We welcome peer-reviewed papers and contributions of grey literature (e.g., policy reports), and datasets” said PML’s Heidi Tillin, Applied Marine Environmental Scientist. 

“The understanding and application of social and cultural values around natural capital lags behind other ecosystem services. By submitting links to your studies you can help ensure that work that you have done or that you find relevant will be included in the assessment, providing an important pathway to impact and potential influence on policy.” 

“The social value survey is being undertaken by our partners Ecologos Research and closes on the 15th March, so there’s a short-turnaround time, but it only takes a minute! And we would very much value your input. Many thanks for your time and contribution to this review. ” 

Submit a study here >> 

Any studies that match all the below criteria are in-scope for this review: 

  • Study site is in the UK, including the Isle of Mann and Channel Islands but  excluding British Overseas Territories; OR the study is at a larger scale (e.g. North Sea, Europe) but includes values of UK coastal/marine systems. 

  • Is focused on marine and/or coastal environments 

  • Is focused on social and cultural values (i.e., purely biophysical or economic studies are out of scope) 

Submitting a single study will only take a minute, and you can submit as many studies as you like. Submit a study here >> 

Submissions close Friday 15th March