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Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to reality

The cumulative pressure of anthropogenic activities on marine systems is already strong, but it will further increase in the next decades, due in part to globalization and climate change. Recent data confirm that emissions of greenhouse gas are proceeding in line with the worst IPCC scenarios. Coastal areas are increasingly urbanized, pollution and exploitation of marine resources are not relenting, and the increasing attention to “blue growth economy” adds new challenges to marine and coastal sustainability. Such situations make the demand for scientifically informed governance more stringent – to be able to deal with the multiple requests of society and a variety of co-occurring stressors, whilst maintaining the resilience of marine ecosystems. This requires not only evidence and perspective from social and natural sciences, but also effective mechanisms to enable data sharing, integration and synthesis of knowledge, and meaningful stakeholder engagement. While an ecosystem-based approach to marine governance is hardly a new concept, there is a shortage of examples to illustrate how it is done and whether it adds value to sustainability.

The main objective of the workshop is therefore, to help move the rhetoric of the marine ecosystem-based governance as close to reality as possible. It will do this through:

  1. Discussion and analysis of experience, best practices, failures and lessons from case studies, expert opinions, theoretical insights;
  2. Integration of perspectives of experts from a broad range of disciplines, including marine ecology and biogeochemistry, social science, economics, fisheries, oceanography, climate science, etc. in the operationalization of the ecosystem-based governance concept; and
  3. Preparation of a ‘white paper’ on the topic.

We invite natural and social scientists/researchers and practitioners interested in the following topics, as well as other relevant ones, to participate in an interactive and transdisciplinary workshop.

  • Conservation and sustainability – complementary or incompatible?
  • Science-based vs. societal needs-based governance;
  • Multiple stressors and governance in open sea vs. coastal area;
  • Marine ecosystem services and values of the sea;
  • From good science to effective governance;
  • Marine governance in developed vs. emerging countries;
  • Marine resources exploitation: short-term vs. long-term vision;
  • Measuring Ocean Health and Good Ecological State
  • Typology of marine systems and of governing structure

Workshop Conveners

Ratana Chuenpagdee (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada)

Cosimo Solidoro (OGS and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy)

Alida Bundy (Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada)

Donata Melaku Canu (OGS - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy)

Alice Newton (University of Algarve, Portugal, and FRAM Center, Norway)

Ian Perry (Pacific Biological Station, Canada)


Keynote speaker

Silvia Salas (CINVESTAV, Mexico)


Workshop programme


Workshop 1: Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to reality
Tuesday, 27 October
Time Presenters Title
08:30 - 09:30 Welcome by IMBIZO co-conveners, and dedication of IMBIZO IV to K.K. Liu
09:30 -10:05 Silvia Salas Let’s cooperate: the first step in marine ecosystem-based governance
10:05 -10:40 William Chueng Impacts of global change on coastal upwelling ecosystems and fisheries
10:40 -11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 -11:35 Icarus Allen Integrated modelling of ecosystem response to climate change and anthropogenic pressures
11:35 -12:10 Barbara Paterson Integrated modelling to support assessment and management of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global change – a social science perspective
12:10 -12:45 Scott Ling Marine and human systems: Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors
12:45-14:30 Lunch
14:30-15:45 Conveners Introduction to the workshop and participants
    Discussion about the 'white paper'
15:45-16:15 Afternoon tea
16:15-16:35 Donata Melaku Canu Elements of unsustainability in complex socio-ecological systems: Lessons from failure in managing clam farming in the Venice Lagoon and the need for a resilience-based approach
16:35-16:45 Samiya Selim What do we want from our Seas?
16:45-16:55 Yuri Artioli Marine ecosystem models for ecosystem-based management: has their time arrived?
16:55-17:30 Discussion  
17:30-20:00 Posters and icebreaker
Wednesday, 28 October
Time Presenters Title
09:00-09:20 Alida Bundy Confronting change: development of an interdisciplinary support tool to triage human response to marine resource crises
09:20-09:30 Jorge Tam Adaptation to the impacts of climate change on Peru's coastal marine ecosystems and fisheries
09:30-09:40 Annette Breckwoldt Participatory coastal and marine management? People, reefs and fish in an Indonesian Archipelago
09:40-09:50 Tesu Sato Transdisciplinary approach with artisanal fishers and traders in Lake Malawi for collaborative coastal resource management
09:50-10:30 Discussion  
10:30-11:00 Morning Tea
11:00-12:30 Ratana Chuenpagdee World Café: Learning to adapt: Interactive and participatory responses to global change
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:20 Henrik Österblom The ecosystem approach – from a political ambition to a practical paradigm shift
14:20-14:30 Elena Gissi How to apply an ecosystem-based approach to Maritime Spatial Planning. Mapping cumulative impacts in the Adriatic and Ionian Macroregion.
14:30-14:40 Stefan Koenigstein Participatory modeling of ocean acidification and warming impacts on a sub-Polar marine system to identify adaptation options
14:40-14:50 Cosimo Solidoro Ecological impact, economic value and socio-ecological sustainability of mussel aquaculture in the Gulf of Trieste (Italy)
14:50-15:30 Discussion
15:30-16:00 Afternoon tea
16:00-17:30 Plenary integration session (Debate)
17:30-20:00 Poster session (Drinks and snacks)
Thursday, 29 October
Time Presenters Title
08:30-09:00 Plenary report back session  
09:00-09:20 Astrid Jarre Trust building, social learning and mediated management strategy evaluation in support of structured decision making in social-ecological systems of the southern Benguela
09:20-09:30 Hannah Bassett A framework of frameworks: mapping the relationships between fishery assessment tools and assessing their potential to work together
09:30-09:40 Hans Ruperti Loor The governance of small-scale fisheries from the point of view of the self-regulation strategies add local organization
09:40-09:50 Ranjani Panchang Legislative amendments in ore handling practices improve fish catch: effect of estuarine monitoring
09:50-10:30 Discussion
10:30-11:00 Morning Tea
11:00-11:10 Alida Bundy Fisheries, the inverted food pyramid and food security
11:10-11:20 Elisa Ravagnan AQUAACCEPT: A multidisciplinary approach for a sustainable aquaculture development
11.20-11:30 Fabio Florentino Fisheries management plans in the Mediterranean. How can we move from a rhetoric to a real governance?
11:30-11:40 Jeremy Pittman Navigating the transition to ecosystem-based approaches to coastal governance in the Lesser Antilles
11:40-11:50 Robert Blasiak Public perceptions of marine ecosystem services in the USA
11:50-12:30 Discussion  
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:10 Annalisa Franzo Ecosystem functioning approach as a tool for sustainable management of contaminated areas
14:10-14:20 Angel Moran Using ecological indicators for assessing the trawl shrimp fishery in Veracruz, Mexico
14:20-14:30 Jamie Tam Evaluating the ecological state of multiple ecosystem using indicator-based thresholds
14:30-14:40 Sylvia Setubal Construction of a computerized system of fisheries management - GIS FISHING -  for artisanal fisheries in Tocantins, Brazil
14:40-14:50 Fabio Pranovi An assessment of permanent trawl fishery closures effects in the Northern Adriatic Sea
14:50-15:30 Discussion  
15:30-16:00 Afternoon tea
16:00-17:30 Plenary interaction session (Discussion)
19:30 IMBIZO Dinner
Friday, 30 October
08:30-09:00 Plenary report back session
09:00-10:30 Drafting the 'white paper'  
10:30-11:00 Morning Tea
11:00-13:00 Plenary wrap up