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.