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The triage process
Running a structured decision making process: the triage process
It is important to follow a structured decision making process which is intended to help define the aim, scope, methods and tools necessary for the marine ecosystem servicesassessment.
This wil ensure that it will be:
useful: in relation to management concerns, needs and projects
feasible: according to the available knowledge and resources.
The principle of a structured decision making process is to run steps in order to decide what evaluation to run for what objective in which context. A method proposed here in order to reach this objective is called the TRIAGE process [Pendleton et al., 2014].
Its principle is to provide a procedure for delimiting the scope of a potential marine ecosystem services quantitative assessment using a step-wise process to refine the initial broad-scale analysis and to consider, as objectively as possible, the relevance of marine ecosystem servicesassessment and valuation in a particular situation.
The triage process aims to identify:
the policy issues for which a marine ecosystem servicesassessment is expected to provide new evidence
the parts of the system to be considered in relation to these policy issues
the sensitivity of the considered marine ecosystem services to natural or social factors of change
the appropriate methods for valuation
the feasibility of a marine ecosystem servicesassessment in practice