Strategic Paper on Marine Integrated Ecosystem Assessments

PDF Link HERE: Strategic Paper Blue Growth and Integrated Ecosystem Assmt

I have written a strategic paper with colleagues form the Institute of Marine Research, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, CSIRO (Australia) NOAA (USA), and Dalhousie University.

Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is a framework for organizing data, methods and science in order to inform decision makers in marine Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) at multiple scales and across sectors. IEAs, now practiced at the national level in Europe, North America and Australia, are also a platform for dialogue and interactions among scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders. There are many options to address changes in the ecosystem, however, these options must be considered within the context of institutional, societal and legal processes in realization that these processes are intertwined in a co-production frame. Since an IEA is a knowledge-based framework designed to serve decision-makers and society, it is imperative that our methodology is able to merge the state-of-the-art analytical approaches used in the natural sciences with the methods used in economics, humanities and legal analysis, while considering important feedback and framing from the user communities the IEA serves.

The vehicle for these research needs is crucial. We want to see directed collaboration among:

• natural scientists

• data modellers

• philosophers of science

• legal scholars

• social scientists

• economists

• science-policy scholars

• marine conservation groups

• marine and maritime industry leaders

• local and regional management

• public representatives

• fishermen and fish-processing representatives

Read it here: Strategic Paper Blue Growth and Integrated Ecosystem Assmt