Status, trends and conservation options of marine coastal biodiversity under global change scenariosInternal

STRANGE

Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: June 26, 2016
End Date: June 26, 2016
Venue: Pisa (Italy)
Contact: Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi
E-mail: lbenedetti [at] biologia.unipi.it
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2015 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €5,200
Funds Granted: €5,200

Manager(s): Lisandro Benedetti Cecchi
Co-organiser(s): Isabel Sousa Pinto, Laura Airoldi

The STRANGE foresight workshop aims to lead to the development of a more comprehensive framework that internalises the predicted effects of global change. This is crucial for translating the multifunctional goals of marine coastal environment management into effective policy. The focus will be on three highly connected themes of marine coastal biodiversity: regime shifts and resilience, invasive species, and habitat rehabilitation.

Participants of the workshop (over 55 experts) will perform both SWOT and PESTLE analyses to assess the current status and expected trends of marine coastal biodiversity under current management and conservation practices. STRANGE aims to bring together a critical mass of expertise to forecast the consequences of global change and climate effects on marine coastal biodiversity. The group will identify gaps and weaknesses and thus suggest solutions for mitigating escalating impacts and ways to implement effective conservation policy.

The expected outcomes include a position paper on the design of tomorrow’s marine coastal environments and a joint proposal for upcoming Horizon 2020 calls. The workshop will take place at the same time as the 11th International Temperate Reef Symposium in Pisa. General outreach activities will be initiated through the itrs11.org website, including the advertisement of the workshop and updates on the outcomes. Discussions and documents drafted at the meeting will provide a solid basis to finalise outcomes in the following weeks via online meetings.

STRANGE was attended by 58 participants from 18 Countries. The workshop started with a series of invited talks to introduce concepts and illustrate cases of marine coastal environmental management inside and outside Europe, with associated scientific and practical problems. Then delegates split into WGs to discuss the three workshop themes.

The objective of the workshop was to assess the current status and expected trends of marine coastal biodiversity under current management and conservation practices in the light of global change. Three key, highly connected, themes of marine coastal biodiversity have been addressed: (1) regime shifts and resilience; (2) invasive species; and (3) habitat restoration and rehabilitation. Working groups (WGs) have been established to identify, for each of these themes, a range of likely scenarios and associated risks under climate change, to ask whether current management practice can address the risks and fulfil the stated goals under each scenario and to evaluate alternatives to existing practices where appropriate.