WP2 focuses on the contribution that oceanographic research and large datasets can make to spatially-based ecosystem accounting models within the OAF and aims to review biophysical datasets and their applicability of use to develop spatially based ecosystem accounts (of extent and condition) and natural capital flows to social and economic domains and to identify data deficiencies and needs for the data development approaches required for spatially based oceans accounting.
WORK PROGRAMME 2 - MILESTONES
Work Programme Lead: Professor Juliet Hermes
WP Lead secundus: Ms Nicole Du Plessis
Identifying ecosystem assets are important within the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) ecosystem accounting (EA) framework as these assets form the basis of the statistical units for EA, for which statistics are ultimately compiled. For ecosystem assets this is the information with regard to their extent, condition, the services they provide and their value.
How to spatially delineate the marine space and how to assess or envisage this is currently under review by the UN SEEA programme.
WP2 will contribute to the international dialogue for developing ecosystem asset extent and condition accounts by reviewing available datasets and their applicability for use to develop spatially based EA (through case studies like Algoa Bay), with the outcome to provide an online tool to visualise the accounts for use in planning and management.
Nicole Du Plessis