Biodiversity conservation and valuation of coral reef goods and services under climate change – BIOCORE
BIOCORE is a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship which aims at examining biological diversity with particular reference to coral reef ecosystems to the environment, economy and human well-being.
The project BIOCORE was financed by the European Commission, within the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship scheme of the FP7 People Programme. Dr. Sabah Abdulla, from Kenya, was the Marie Curie Fellow. She developed the project under the supervision of Dr. Francesco Bosello.
BIOCORE is a Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship which aimeds at examining biological diversity with particular reference to coral reef ecosystems to the environment, economy and human well-being.
Coral reef ecosystems are reported to be the richest bio-diverse group in the world and from the socio-economic view; they are mainly located in developing countries. The cost of policy inaction will result to 60% corals reef loss by 2030 resulting to significant, and potentially irreversible welfare losses to the future generations.
The project objectives were:
- To develop conceptual framework to examine welfare impacts on biodiversity and coral reef ecosystem
- To link society, economy, environment to ecosystem by incorporating socio- economic and demographic factors
- To evaluate welfare impacts by simulating policy conservation programmes for environment, economy and people’s wellbeing
- To deliver policy suggestions to value ecosystems and promote dissemination portal among all stakeholders
Expected outputs were:
- Coral reef ecosystem database and mapped and distribution of biodiversity, marine health and socio-economic indicators.
- Estimation of a meta-analysis valuation function based on the database.
- Primary valuation study (questionnaire-based) of coral reefs in the context of climate change.
- Policy results from the meta-analysis, questionnaire study and simulated climate change scenarios.
Expected benefits were:
- Society: identification of socio-economic and demographic datasets will provide a better understanding how these factors impact conservation.
- Economy: estimation of economic benefits coral ecosystems will assist in minimizing losses and ensure sustainable management and conservation.
- Institution: network opportunity with European and international researchers for immediate and future collaboration; and in Europe, policy action in conserving, mitigating and awareness campaigns on coral ecosystems will strengthen international co -operation, development and security.