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Theme 3 - Workshop on Information

Location: IMBC Crete
Event Type: Workshop
Event Date: 2004-12-14    
End Date: 2004-12-15

Event Description:
Objective: Inter-disciplinary review of Information required and information available for management of marine systems

Participants: Primarily managers, natural scientists and environmental socio-economists

Target number of participants: 20-40
Output: Review paper for publication
Organiser: Christos Arvantitidis (

Topics: Managers perspective; Users’ perspective ; Current practice including connecting science and decision-making; Communication

This workshop will focus on the requirements of environmental managers to ensure sustainable utilisation of marine goods and services. The participants will review the nature of data available and where it is found and then compare this with the type of data required and how environmental managers seek this information. Such information will feed into the development of research and dissemination within all themes of MarBEF.

MarBEF aims to provide information and input to the development of the EU Marine Strategy to promote the sustainable use of the sea and the conservation of marine ecosystems. This requires integration of management with an understanding of marine biodiversity and its relationship with ecosystem functioning. The key to the sustainable utilization of marine biodiversity is not to LIMIT all utilization (i.e. being completely precautionary), but to ensure that economic development can occur without exceeding the resource thresholds. In order to do this it is essential that socio-economists and environmental managers have a good idea of how marine biodiversity will react to different pressures at different times, and the risks and confidence limits associated with these estimates. Such knowledge will be essential to develop management strategies for the sustainable use of marine ecosystems and to mitigate environmental degradation. An achievable goal of MarBEF is to develop models such as decision support systems and scenario analysis for use as management tools.

Channels of communication between natural scientists and marine environmental managers need to be opened up and widened so that more natural scientists can become aware of the needs of managers and communicate the availability of data and research where it exists. Such dialogue may drastically alter the manner or level of data collection in future research for the purposes of cross-disciplinary comparability.

At the ‘Information’ workshop, MarBEF partners will identify how scientific information can be structured to assist marine environmental protection and management and how availability of that information can be communicated to managers.

By the end of the MarBEF programme, the MarBEF approach to applying science information to environmental protection and management will be widely adopted and used.

Contact email:

Event programme:

Inter-Disciplinary Review of Information Required and Information Available for Management of Marine Systems

14 and 15 December 2004

Monday 13th December 2004
A visit to the Archaeological Museum or to Knossos antiquities

Tuesday 14th December 2004
The workshop will address the following topics, using the methodologies and case study areas already being developed within MarBEF as a focus.

09:00 – 13:30 Session 1: Managers perspective: What do managers want/what do scientists need to do?
This item requires experienced practitioners to provide guidance to scientists about what matters to environmental managers and how information should be presented to them in, and what form. It addresses the issue of level of understanding that environmental managers have, of aids they need, of where those aids are, and to what extent managers will be able to interpret information.

Proposed Chair: Joris Geurts van Kessel

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 17:30 Session 2: Users’ perspective – what do users (commercial fishermen, tourists, residentials, other stakeholders) need to do and what do they expect?

Participatory management and eco-system based management are rapidly developing approaches, for example, regional fisheries councils and the Trilateral Wadden Sea Forum. However, what are the implications of these approaches for biodiversity management?

Proposed Chair: Poul Holm, Charlotte Jensen

20:00 Workshop Dinner

Wednesday 15th December 2004

09:00 – 13:30 Session 3: Current practice, including how science is applied in decision-making.

We are not starting with a ‘clean sheet of paper’ – we need to consider what is already being done?
This session aims to catalogue what management support tools already exist, identify their advantages and disadvantages and where gaps need to be filled. An important part of this session will be discussing how science (that is often complex and riddled with jargon) is currently interpreted into something that decision makers can use. What are the steps and the links in a step-by-step decision aid? Are there any successful examples, or any ideas, about how this could be improved? Recent activity to develop spatial planning approaches including the identification of no-take zones and marine protected areas will be addressed.

Proposed Chair: Keith Hiscock

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 17:30 Session 4: Communication

Environmental managers move in different ‘circles’ to scientists. How best can MarBEF disseminate information resources so that they will be used and wheels will not be re-invented?

Proposed Chair: Chris Emblow

17:30 Close of workshop

Please Note: The theme 3 organisers will consider including other topics if proposed in advance by participants.

Collaborators and organisers:
Christos Arvantitidis

Website url: 

Registration form:

Registration fee: 100 Euros to be paid at the venue (14th of Decembe

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

MarBEF supported event: Yes

Event within Framework of MARBEF: WP5 - Socio-economics

Maximum number of participants: 40

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: No

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