Increasing human activity in the marine environment can give rise to significant interactions between different activities which, in turn, can lead to negative social and economic impacts. Sustainable development demands we consider economic, social and environmental factors in decision-making. Socio-economic assessments can help regulators to understand the implications to human welfare of consenting a development or implementing a plan.
ABPmer has leading expertise in understanding and quantifying impacts on and interactions between marine activities both to inform environmental impact assessments and as part of cost benefit analyses for regulatory impact assessments.
Human activity pressures in the marine area can also affect the provision of marine ecosystem services on which many economic and social benefits depend. We undertake leading edge research to develop and apply ecosystem services frameworks in the marine environment to better understand how ecosystem services provision changes in response to human activity pressures.