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SUMES: Sustainable Marine Ecosystem Services

The SUMES project aims to develop an extensive model that assesses the extent to which the marine ecosystem is able to deliver certain products and services. This model will allow to gain more insight into the local, regional and global impact of (socio-)economic activities. The aim is to obtain a better knowledge of cause-effect chains. In order to achieve this, methods and indicators for ecosystem services, risk assessment and life-cycle analysis are used. This provides a lot of useful information that is very valuable to marine actors and research institutions. Generated data will be stored in a database. Additionally, a framework is being developed to support the decision-making process.

Project partners

  • Universiteit Gent - STEN 
  • Universiteit Gent - GhenToxLab
  • Universiteit Antwerpen - ECOSPHERE
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee