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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Linking Ocean's Benefits to People (OBP) with Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs)

Belgrano, Andrea; Villasante, Sebastian


The fundamental challenge of the inclusion of the human dimension of the oceans in the Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) provides an opportunity for a transdisciplinary approach to create synergies between the current research by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). We have highlighted the importance of ocean inequality as a critical aspect to consider to unlock current barriers to integrate social sciences in marine integrated assessments. To create bridges between them, we develop an Ocean's Benefits to People (OBP) framework that embraces the blue economy, equity, the UN SDGs goals and support an Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) for the oceans.


ecosystem functioning; Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs); marine social-ecological- systems (SES); ocean equity; Ocean's Benefits to People (OBP)

Published in

Population Ecology
2021, volume: 63, number: 1, pages: 102-107
Publisher: WILEY

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Resources
University of Gothenburg
Villasante, Sebastian
University of Santiago De Compostela

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG14 Life below water
SDG10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

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