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Ocean ecosystem services: modeling a factor development process to create sustainable value for decisions

Ronnie Figueiredo (Centre of Applied Research in Management and Economics (CARME), Polytechnic University of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal and NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campus de Campolide, Lisboa, Portugal)
Pedro Cabral (NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campus de Campolide, Lisboa, Portugal and School of Remote Sensing and Geomatics Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China)

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal

ISSN: 2040-8021

Article publication date: 24 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to model a process for moving toward sustainable ecosystem service decisions in a Coastal Biodiversity and discuss the directions of the process for decision-makers to apply in ocean ecosystem services.

Design/methodology/approach

After the development of theoretical approaches to understand their prospects for the future development of ecosystem services, the authors worked on a process for developing factors for sustainable decision-making. It uses the Delphi method to develop all the factors supported by six dimensions in two specific moments: deductive-inductive and inductive-deductive.

Findings

This process of modeling the factors expands the possibility of adaptive governance to make prior and subsequent decisions using factors related to dimensions, stakeholders and benefits, risks, opportunities and costs.

Research limitations/implications

Considering the limitations, future studies could use another database to widen the view in terms of the studies, factors, dimensions and other additional information to maintain the evolution of this process in ocean ecosystem services decision-making. Another limitation arose in the number of projects and experts defining the factors. This may prevent the opportunity to have more impact in terms of future decisions if more sources are used in the market. In addition, time and the access to experts during this modeling process demonstrate a limitation, as does the time for feedback.

Practical implications

This set of factors developed for adaptive governance decision-making can be applied to develop a prior alignment of stakeholder interests with sustainable practices.

Social implications

This set of factors developed with the intervention of experts reinforces the importance of sustainable collective decisions on ocean ecosystem services. This is a joint approach with participants in the NextOcean project, sponsored by the European Commissions (EC)’s Horizon 2020 program. An Earth Observation-based Consortia aims to create sustainable value for Space, Land and Oceans.

Originality/value

This modeling process generated dimensions and factors to support adaptive governance stakeholders in making sustainable decisions in a coastal biodiversity zone.

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Acknowledgements

Competing interests: The authors of this publication declare there are no competing interests.

Data availability statement: The data sets are not available.

Funding: This research was supported by National Funds awarded by the FCT–Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology to the project (UIDB/04928/2020).

Citation

Figueiredo, R. and Cabral, P. (2024), "Ocean ecosystem services: modeling a factor development process to create sustainable value for decisions", Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAMPJ-09-2023-0706

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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