Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO057: Marine ecosystem performance framework (MEsP)

Nathalie van Caster, Environmental Engineer Hydro-Environmental Services, IMDC


As global awareness of biodiversity loss continues to rise, it is recognized as one of the most significant business risks. In response, companies and financial institutions are pledging commitments to biodiversity targets. Alongside the well-established Science-Based Targets for Climate, there is an effort to develop Science-Based Targets for Nature. This endeavor aligns with the post-2020 global biodiversity framework's overarching aspiration of creating a 'Nature-positive' world. Within the blue economy, there is a demand for guidance in integrating the ecosystem approach. This entails the translation of complex marine data into tangible indicators and the assessment of ecosystem values. Such initiatives not only align with environmental stewardship but can also confer economic advantages, such as bolstering competitiveness during tendering processes (Blauwe Cluster, 2021). One instrument aiding blue economy businesses in evaluating their impact on marine ecosystems is the Marine Ecosystem Performance (MEsP) framework. This framework is rooted in the ecosystem approach philosophy, which underscores the significance of safeguarding ecosystem health for their benefits on communities. The MEsP framework is structured around seven core building blocks: Scope and Extent of works, the type of Activity and its Contribution to environmental issues, Distinctiveness, Effectiveness, and Risks associated with eco-measures, and the Ambitions of companies to adhere to environmental sustainability standards or even surpass them. These blocks form the basis for evaluating the pre-intervention and post-intervention states of a project, ultimately quantifying the net change it brings about. The MEsP Framework is developed into an interactive software tool resembling a user-friendly dashboard. This aims to serve as a proof of concept, facilitating practical application in assessing the impact of offshore energy production in the Belgian Part of The North Sea. In doing so, it not only contributes to the blue economy's sustainability but also underscores the pivotal role of businesses in preserving our natural heritage.

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