Marine ecosystem services, management and governance: Linking social and ecological research. DEVOTES-EuroMarine Summer School 2016Internal

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Activity Overview

Type: Capacity building and training
Start Date: June 7, 2016
End Date: June 9, 2016
Venue: Aquarium of Donostia, San Sebastián (Spain)
Website: Devotes 2016 course webpage
Contact: Angel Borja
E-mail: aborja [at] azti.es
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2015 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €15,349
Funds Granted: €4,000

Manager(s): Angel Borja
Co-organiser(s): Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Melanie Austen

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.

This was the 13th AZTI’s Summer School and the 4th organized within the European FP7 project “DEVOTES” (Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good environmental status: www.devotes-project.eu), in which most of the teachers of this Summer School are involved.

The attendees acquired new knowledge on recent trends in marine research, related to the management and governance of our oceans. This course was focused on the integration of different sciences (i.e. social, economic and ecological) as a means to enhance the potential of our oceans through adequate management and governance, for which assessment and mapping of ecosystem services is crucial. This course explored this at different spatial scales and in management and governance applications (e.g. to the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Biodiversity Strategy 2020; etc.). Hence, the main objective of the school was to give an overview on ecosystem services assessment, and its relationship with ocean and coastal livelihoods, management and governance.

The attendees were PhD students, post-doc students, researchers in marine assessment, stakeholders, companies and marine managers (e.g. Aquamarina, MACOMA, Longline Environment, etc.), and NGOs members (e.g. WWF). On mean, the level of satisfaction with the course was high to very high. The professors are discussing about preparing a position paper on this topic, to be submitted to a broad scope scientific journal.

 

Update

  • (Oct 2017): The position paper has been stalled for the time being, due to some reviews already being in place, meaning that a new review was difficult to publish.