Integrative assessment of marine systems training course: The Ecosystem Approach in practiceInternal

EA integrative assessment

Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
Start Date: June 9, 2015
End Date: June 11, 2015
Venue: San Sebastián (Spain)
Contact: Angel Borja
E-mail: aborja [at] azti.es
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2014 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €19,681
Funds Granted: €9,844

Manager(s): Angel Borja
Co-organiser(s): Samuli Korpinen, Anna-Stiina Heiskanen

This international course is open to up to 80 PhD, post-doc students, researchers in marine assessment, stakeholders, marine managers and NGO members. The event will be hosted by AZTI-Tecnalia in the Aquarium of San Sebastian in June 2015. The focus is on understanding marine ecosystems for healthy oceans and addressing technical developments or methodological issues of the ecosystem approach. The course will explore the potential and recent advances in the integrative assessment of marine systems including the various ecosystem components at different scales in management applications.

Besides the integrative learning of the junior scientists, participating professors will prepare a position paper to be submitted to a broad scope scientific journal. The presence of American and European professors will foster cooperation across the Atlantic and at the European level.

2015 course participants

The main objective of this course was to give an overview of the integrative assessment to ocean and coastal management using an ecosystem approach. This course addressed technical developments or methodological issues such as those linked to the different methods needed to assess the marine ecosystem status in an integrative way, approaches needed to aggregate information at multiple scales or new monitoring methods needed to get cost effective tools to assess the status of marine ecosystems. With 92 attendees from 23 countries, including PhD students, post-doc students, researchers in marine assessment, stakeholders, marine managers, and NGO members, this event represented a positive networking role.

The attendees acquired new knowledge on recent trends in marine research related to management of our oceans. Efforts were made to be present in the media, on the internet, press and radio. The survey at the end showed a high level of satisfaction with the course, and resulted in the identification of priority and emerging fields and methodologies to be brought together in a position paper. This paper was published in Frontiers in Marine Science.

Borja, A. et al. (2016) Overview of Integrative Assessment of Marine Systems: The Ecosystem Approach in Practice. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00020