Frequently Asked Questions

 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MESP?

The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) is a community of practice for marine ecosystem stakeholders, policy makers, researchers, economists, and environmental managers. We offer two main services: 1) a communication platform for individuals to share ideas, discuss pressing issues, and post the latest news; 2) a library of marine and coastal valuation studies.

The MESP is currently managed by Duke University’s Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions.

Read on to learn more our Mission and Vision, our Partners, and Contributing Databases.

Is the MESP related to the Ecosystem Services Partnership?

The MESP is a separate effort from the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). We are however working closely with the ESP’s Marine Biome Expert Group. The ESP is based out of Wageningen University in The Netherlands and offers a variety of services at varying levels of paid and non-paid membership.

What can the MESP do for me?

The MESP uses a variety of web-based tools to ease access to valuation data and improve communication among its members. When connected to the databases of our working partners, the MESP information web portal represents the world’s largest virtual collection of marine ecosystem service data. The MESP also maintains an online group where partners can learn the latest ecosystem services news.


You can join the MESP by doing one or more of the following:


·         Adding your studies to the MESP database. Just email a PDF of your study to

·         Create a profile at the Ecosystem Commons and start a discussion

·         Join the MESP quarterly newsletter to stay updated on the latest news, events, and publications. Send us an email if you’re interested.


Is the MESP free?

Yes! All of the MESP’s services are free to use.

How does the database work?

The database is organized by values - so one study may show multiple times for values falling under different ecosystems or in different countries. The database can be searched by EEZ or by ecosystem. The search box at the top of the screen can also be used to search the database – this is especially useful for looking up authors or particular keywords.

For more help on using the database, please read our Help page or feel free to contact us with questions.

Do you have PDFs for the valuation studies?

We have a growing collection of PDFs. Send us the URL of the particular value that you're interested in and we might be able to help you out!

What is the Ecosystem Commons?

The MESP uses the Ecosystem Commons as one of its platforms for communication. At the Commons you can engage in conversations with other ecosystem services professionals, stay on top of trends, and share research.  You can create a profile on the Ecosystem Commons website and join our group here.

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