Environmental Services and Societal Models – WP4

Contact: Trine Dale

Email: trine.dale@niva.no

Telephone: + 47 2218 5100

The TAPAS project assesses the combined environmental and social impacts of aquaculture and identifies management tools that could provide incentives to reduce negative impacts of aquaculture production. An ecosystem services (ES) approach will be adopted that includes provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. The project adapts to the general concept of Ecosystems services cascade to build an analytical framework for the assessment of ES and benefits provided from European aquaculture. To achieve profitable sustainable aquaculture, it is important to know what trade-offs and possible synergies exists between aquaculture provisioning services and other ecosystem services and to be able to quantify them.

Planned tasks to achieve

  1. Building an analytical framework for the assessment of ES and benefits provided from European aquaculture
  2. Assessing the combined environmental and social impacts of aquaculture, and identifying management tools that could provide incentives to reduce negative impacts of aquaculture production
  3. Adapting to the general concept of Ecosystems services cascade
  4. Assessing how negative trade-offs can be minimized and sustainability improved through farm practice, management and planning approaches
  5. Analysing how the knowledge gained from assessment of ES and ES trade-offs can be incorporated into current planning and licensing processes

Completed tasks until 18th Month

  1. Two deliverables have been completed
  2. Preliminary work has started on the modelling approaches and assessment of ecosystem services using case studies
  3. Literature has been compiled on Bayesian Network modelling and ecosystems services trade-offs