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8th Marbena E-conference: Marine biodiversity research that matters!

Location: on Marbena forum (
Event Type: E-conference
Event Date: 2004-11-15    
End Date: 2004-11-26

Event Description:
The Message from Malahide and the Killarney Declaration set ambitious goals for biodiversity research in support of the 2010 targets. Although there are many examples of constructive and effective cooperation between biodiversity research and biodiversity policy making, experience shows however, that interaction and cooperation between research and policy is not always effective, and maybe a barrier in reaching the 2010 targets.
The Amsterdam EPBRS meeting will explore research–policy interaction in the field of biodiversity, in order to support the implementation of the policies related to the 2010- targets. This means that the meeting will focus on the process of interaction between biodiversity research and policy making, as well as on the elaboration of an agenda of specific research topics relevant to the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the CBD. The reasoning behind this choice is that, however sound the research agenda, the chance of considerable progress in its implementation will be limited unless researchers and policy makers alike have a more thorough understanding of the way science-policy interaction works, and unless concrete steps are taken to make this process more successful.

The EPBRS meeting in Amsterdam aims at:

* drawing general conclusions concerning the factors that have an impact on the success of research - policy interaction in biodiversity;
* identifying approaches, scientific issues and actions that will stimulate effective interaction between biodiversity researchers, biodiversity policy makers and the general [public] in support of the 2010 targets.

The results of the Marbena Electronic Conference will be presented at the EPBRS delegates meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 10-13 December 2004.

The e-conference is focused on five topics (case studies). The chairpersons will introduce the topic and hereby invite contributions from subscribers to the e-conference.

Within this framework the MARBENA e-conference (15-26 November) will explore research-policy interaction in the field of marine biodiversity, with the tasks to inventory and discuss cases of good (and bad) practice in research-policy interactions, identify dilemma's and generate tentative conclusions and hypotheses to be debated during the Amsterdam meeting.

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Event programme:
Case studies:

1 Eutrophication - Nitrogen input in coastal waters, by Ies de Vries
2 Exploitation - exploitation of shellfish in the Wadden Sea, project EVA II, by Wim Wolff
3 Species invasions - Ballast water as vehicle for exotic marine species invasions / IMO, by Sergej Olenin
4a Fisheries - Exploitation of fish stocks, by Henn Ojaveer
4b Fisheries - Marine protected areas in the North Sea: The plaice box in the North Sea, by Han Lindeboom
5 Marine Parks/OSPAR - The Azores, by Riardo Serrao Santos
General discussions and synthesis, by Carlo Heip

Collaborators and organisers:
Conference chairs:

* Dr Carlo Heip, Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology, The Netherlands


* Dr Ies de Vries, Rijksinstituut voor Kust en Zee (RIKZ), The Netherlands
* Dr Wim Wolff, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
* Dr Sergej Olenin, Klaipeda University; Coastal Research and Planning Institute, Lithuania
* Dr Henn Ojaveer, Estonian Marine Institute of the University of Tartu; Department of Fisheries Research, Estonia
* Dr Han Lindeboom, University of Wageningen; Alterra; Team Wad & Sea, Landscape Centre, The Netherlands
* Dr Ricardo Serrao Santos, University of the Azores; Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, Portugal

Practical organisation:

* Dr Edward Vanden Berghe, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium
* Mr Ward Appeltans, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium
* Ms Daphne Cuvelier, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium

Website url:

Registration form:¶meter=sendform

Registration fee: 0 €

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

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

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by wardappeltans on 2004-11-08 and approved by webmaster