Regional State of the Coast Report

Western Indian Ocean

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The Regional State of Coast Report for the western Indian Ocean (WIO) is the first comprehensive regional synthesis to provide insights into the enormous economic potential around the WIO, the consequential demand for marine ecosystem goods and services to match the increasing human population, the pace and scale of environmental changes taking place in the region and the opportunities to avoid serious degradation in one of the world’s unique and highly biodiverse oceans.



Summary on major ecosystem services

Part IV dealt with ecosystem services from the coastal and marine environment, as opposed to goods. Whereas ecosystem goods have been widely discussed in literature due to their direct benefits to humans, services (e.g., critical buffering, regulating and life-supporting services or processes) are commonly forgotten or taken for granted. Ecosystems also provide less tangible benefits such as recreational, aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values that are important in fulfilling people’s emotional and psychological needs.


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