Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to realityInternal

IMBIZO4

Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: October 27, 2015
End Date: October 30, 2015
Venue: Trieste (Italy)
Website: IMBIZO4 on IMBER website
Contact: Lisa Maddison
E-mail: Lisa.Maddison [at] imr.no
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2015 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €25,000
Funds Granted: €7,500

Manager(s): Cosimo Solidoro

Scientifically informed governance is paramount to deal with the resilience of marine systems. The main objective of this interactive and disciplinary workshop in Trieste is to move the rhetoric of marine ecosystem-based governance as close to reality as possible. This will be addressed through discussions and analyses of experiences, best practices, failures and lessons from case studies, expert opinions and theoretical insights. The focus of the workshop will be on issues of: marine governance and sustainability; science based versus societal needs-based governance; multiple stressors and governance of open seas and coastal areas; good science and effective governance; and typology of marine systems and governing structures. An important outcome of this workshop will be the integration of perspectives of up to 60 experts from a broad range of disciplines that will inform and advance the operationalisation of the ecosystem-based governance concept. The resulting capacity building from such a transdisciplinary research community will provide long-term impact. A synthesis paper providing a framework for moving marine governance to an operational mode will be developed. The analyses of best actions for marine ecosystem-based governance will provide direction for the future development of this area. As part of the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research IV gathering, the workshop results will inform and help refine a decision support tool developed by the IMBER Human Dimensions Working Group for responding to the challenges of global change. The workshops transdisciplinary theme will facilitate interaction across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER) project held its fourth IMBIZO (IMBIZO is a Zulu word for ‘gathering’) in Trieste, Italy at the end of October 2015. The overall theme of the IMBIZO was Marine and human systems: Addressing multiple scales and multiple stressors. The EuroMarine Foresight Workshop titled Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to reality, was one of the four concurrent but interacting workshops that comprised IMBIZO IV.

The workshop participants are developing a white paper, informed by the case studies presented at the Governance workshop. Participants presented more than 20 case studies, describing various governance approaches that have been tried, with varying degrees of success, to deal with marine related issues around the world. By identifying governance issues from the case studies, participants developed simple conceptual models of the “pathways” that were followed in the effort to manage the marine ecosystem, as well as the extent to which different sources of knowledge were used to inform governance. Six types of governance pathways (conceptual models) were identified.

The workshop participants are developing a white paper, informed by the case studies presented at the Governance workshop.