MARISCO starts by acknowledging that drivers of change – biological responses and sustainable management strategies (and even targets) – are multidimensional, but their assessment and implementation in management is often conducted in simplified effect-response frameworks. Three objectives have been formulated to address this complexity:

O1) Understanding the relative importance of anthropogenic changes in marine communities in terms of composition, richness, dominance and interaction webs.

O2) Quantifying the variety and strength of feedbacks between multiple aspects of biodiversity change and multiple dimensions of Nature’s Contribution to People (NCP).

O3) Co-developing targets and strategies for a sustainable management of coastal marine ecosystems in cooperation with stakeholders.