Forestry and Natural Resources

Valuing Ecosystem Services of Coastal Marshes and Wetlands

Publication Date

Winter 1-20-2020

Publication Number

LGP 1032


Coastal marshes and wetlands provide ecosystem services that are critical to coastal communities and economies worldwide. In general, the term ‘ecosystem services’ refers to the benefits people obtain from ecosystems. Increasing interest in and understanding of the importance of these coastal resources, at the global, national, and local levels, and the risks involved in not investing in appropriate coastal conservation or ecological restoration activities could result in irreparable damage. Economic valuation methods can quantify the value of benefits provided by these resources, and likewise, can identify the costs of failed or no conservation activities, or the incentives that might be necessary to encourage protection activities.

Publication Type


Target Audiences

academia, scientists, policy makers