The seminar, taking place in Brussels on 17 January from 12.00 to 17.00, aims to showcase ongoing JPI Oceans actions and projects and their policy impact and galvanize synergies and collaboration. Participants will include representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, National Ministries and research funding organisations and other international (scientific) organisations. It will provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe and discuss the outcomes, opportunities and future outlooks of their activities.
The seminar is free of charge. You are welcome to register here. The event will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Rue Ducale - Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels. The programme of the the seminar will be published in due time.
The first Irish Sea Maritime Forum Biennial Conference will be held in Wales at the National Assembly for Wales estate in Cardiff. The event aims to bring together stakeholders from across the Irish Sea to learn about and discuss issues of current and shared interest.
The morning session provides an update from across the Irish Sea on marine planning (including the forthcoming Welsh National Marine Plan) and the development of the network of Marine Protected Areas. Over lunch delegates will be able to view an exhibition of Irish Sea related projects and meet some of the partners that have been involved with these. The afternoon session spotlights climate change and associated activity in the Irish Sea region including the response of coastal authorities in Wales associated with their duties under the 2015 Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The day concludes with a presentation on the new Irish Sea Centre that is being established in the Isle of Man and plans for the ISMF conference that will be held in the Isle of Man in 2020. The conference is free of charge.
The Fish Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black sea is organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.
The Fish Forum will have an interdisciplinary focus, addressing the three interrelated themes listed below. Thematic sessions will highlight leading research in these areas based, among others, on contributions received through a call for abstracts. Keynote speakers will spotlight cross-cutting topics and thematic panels and transversal panels will offer opportunities for dynamic discussion on prominent issues. Side events are foreseen to complement the main thematic discussions and draw attention to innovative work, while poster sessions and stands will provide further opportunities to showcase relevant research.
To register as a participant and/or to submit an abstract for consideration, please visit www.fao.org/gfcm/FishForum2018and complete the registration form with all relevant details, includingthe proposed abstract. Registration and the call for abstracts will open frommid-November 2017.
Submission of abstracts-15thMay 2018(notification of acceptance of abstracts by 30thJune 2018)(http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/callforabstracts/en/)
Registration -30thSeptember 2018(http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/registration/en/)
Theme 1: BETTER SCIENCE FOR BETTER ADVICE
Improving knowledge on stock status
Innovative strategies to provide advice
The effectiveness of area-based management
Theme 2: HEALTHY SEAS & SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
Addressing climate change as a priority issue
Tackling pressing environmental challenges
The interaction between vulnerable species and human activities
Theme 3: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIETAL BENEFIT
Improving knowledge on the social and economic impact of fisheries
Mapping value chains
Marine technology promoting economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries
Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Divisionof FAO (FIA)
Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Serge Garcia, Chair, Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG)
Lasse Gustavsson, Vice President and Executive Director, OCEANA
Masanori Miyahara, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency
Ernesto Penas-Lado, European Commission, DG MARE
Who will attend?
The Fish Forum will be an opportunity to benefit from a wider range of expertise than typically reaches other regional conferences and will aim at removing barriers to sharing knowledge and information. It will provide an overview of the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and fishery technology and will explore future needs. The target audience is intended to be scientists, researchers, engineers, academics, practitioners, managers and decision makers that have fisheries and marine-related responsibilities. A call for abstracts will ensure that select renowned experts have the opportunity to disseminate their latest research findings and present them to the Fish Forum. The participation of early career scientists will also actively be promoted.
The Forum is organised with the financial support of the European Union
The purpose of the joint workshop is to consider existing knowledge regarding essential fish habitats at the Baltic Sea regional scale, and how remaining gaps could be filled. The workshop will discuss and validate existing spatial data on essential fish habitats based on proposals collated within the Pan Baltic Scope project. It is organised back-to-back with a Pan Baltic Scope Green infrastructure workshop, in cooperation with HELCOM State and Conservation and HELCOM Fish Working Groups (Essential Fish Habitats).
The workshop is open to nominated experts from Contracting Parties, partners of the Pan Baltic Scope project, and invited experts on Baltic Sea essential fish habitats. Instructions for workshop registration will be sent out separately to the nominated attendees.
Pan Baltic Scope is also organising a workshop on economic and social analyses in MSP in Helsinki, Finland on 13 December. More information here.
The workshop will take place in Helsinki, Finland on 13 December 2018. It will be organised back-to-back with a meeting of the HELCOM expert network on economic and social analyses, taking place the following day.
The purpose of the workshop is to consider existing knowledge regarding ESA applied in MSP at the Baltic Sea regional scale, and evaluate how remaining knowledge gaps could be filled. The Workshop will discuss the existing literature and national approaches for ESA in MSP, based on the information collated and approaches under development within the Pan Baltic Scope project. A major aim will be to share experiences of ESA utilized under BSAP/MSFD with relevance to MSP. The information and discussion from the workshop will be used in the Pan Baltic Scope project to establish a shared basis for further work on inclusion of ESA in MSP in the HELCOM region.
The Workshop is open to nominated experts from Contracting Parties, partners of the Pan Baltic Scope project, as by information to email@example.com at the latest by 30 November 2018. Instructions for workshop registration will be sent to the nominated attendees at a later stage.
Pan Baltic Scope is also organising a regional expert workshop together with HELCOM on essential fish habitats on 12 and 13 December in Riga, Latvia. More information here.
There will be a joint closing conference of the projects related to the implementation of EU MSP Directive in the Eastern and in the Western Mediterranean regions, SIMWESTMED and SUPREME, co-funded by DG MARE. The conference will be the occasion to learn more about the status of the implementation of the MSP Directive (2014/89/EU) in the different EU countries of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as to discuss different MSP matters such as the land -sea interaction, the coherence with the achievement of Good Environmental Status of the Sea, the economic trends of maritime sectors, the MSP transboundary issues. The results from the 9 case studies of the two projects in 7 EU Countries (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Malta, France and Spain) will be presented in an interactive poster session.
This forum is organised for industries, public agencies, financial organisations, researchers and civil society, working on or interested in the Blue Bioeconomy of the EU – aquatic and marine environments. During the event we will look at the current status of the emerging Blue Bioeconomy in Europe, identify strategic developments, market opportunities, financing possibilities and research priorities. We will discuss challenges for the sustainable production of food, non-food and feed in the Blue Bioeconomy sector. The exchange of ideas is expected to result in formulation of a roadmap for the development of the Blue Bioeconomy in the EU.
The Mid-term workshop and public hearing of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project will take place in Brussels, 4th and 5th December 2018. The collaborative workshop "Ecosystem based approaches: benefits for people and nature" will gather 11 projects on biodiversity protection and PANACeA from the Interreg Med programme together with EU institutions to present and support the transferability of their results to a wider audience including external environmental actors, policy makers and scientists.
The second day, together with the SEArica Intergroup, a public hearing at the EU Parliament on "Mediterranean ecosystems in danger: Enhancing EU policy response" will discuss solutions to preserve ecosystems and their biodiversity and increase the resilience of natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea. This event will encourage a stronger commitment of all stakeholders for a better understanding and application of an ecosystem-based management in the development and implementation of policies at all levels.
This is the third and final webinar in a series presenting the 2018 study on MSP for Blue Growth. More information on the study and webinar series can be found here.
Webinar: 5 December 2018 at 16:00 CET
The Indicators Handbook presents a step-by-step approach to developing MSP indicators. In particular, the Handbook aims to provide the maritime spatial planning community with suggestions on the use of spatial indicators that could support the consideration of Blue Growth in MSP processes. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for MSP and related indicator development, which is why the Handbook offers a flexible approach with examples of possible indicators that need to be customised to the local contexts.
The presentation will cover the following topics:
• How to define SMART objectives?
• Making the links between objectives and indicators
• Identification of sources of information
• How to define baselines?
• How to define target values, while considering external factors and assumptions
There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the webinar.
The Indicators Handbook can be found on the EU MSP Platform website at: https://www.msp-platform.eu/faq/indicators-monitoring-and-evaluation
The Searica Intergroup and the PANACeA Project invite you to participate in a conference on Mediterranean Ecosystems. The objective of this public hearing is to ensure that the key questions identified by the Med Biodiversity Protection Community, comprising around 150 institutions representing local and regional practitioners, policymakers, environmental lobbyists, and researchers and working in the Mediterranean are presented and taken in consideration in the formulation of political proposals.
The Mid-term workshop and public hearing of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community featured by the PANACeA project will take place in Brussels, 4th and 5th December 2018. The preparatory workshop "Ecosystem based approach: benefits for people and nature" will gather 11 projects on biodiversity protection from the Interreg Med programme to present and support the transferability of their results to a wider audience including external environmental actors, policy-makers and scientists.
The second day, together with the SEArica Intergroup, the public hearing "Mediterranean ecosystems in danger: Enhancing EU policy response" will discuss solutions to conserve biodiversity and increase the resilience of natural resources in the Mediterranean Sea. This event will encourage a stronger commitment of all stakeholders for a better understanding and application of an ecosystem-based management in the development and implementation of policies at all levels.