The main objective of this capacity building and training course is to give an overview on ecosystem services assessment and its relationship with ocean and coastal livelihoods, management and governance. The training will relate understanding of marine ecosystem services and the links between their assessment and the need for a socio-ecological framework to address important management issues related to the governance of the oceans. Up to 80 researchers, PhD and post-doc students, managers and stakeholders will learn new knowledge on recent trends in marine research in relation to the management and governance of our oceans.
An important outcome of the course, in addition to the presentations which will be freely available, is that the professors participating in the course will prepare an open access position paper on this topic, to be submitted to a broad-scope scientific journal. This will impact on marine policy makers and managers while the participating students will implement the new knowledge in their professional careers.
This course and the subsequent paper will convey the latest knowledge from relevant EU projects for the benefit of the attendees who are currently working on these issues. The project represents a positive networking role by bringing together different members across the scientific community. Attendees will not only acquire new knowledge on several disciplines and trends but will contribute to discussions for the alignment and implementation of marine measures and legislation.