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People and the Sea VII - MARE

26th to 28th of June 2013, University of Amsterdam

“Maritime Futures” is the central theme of the 7th MARE People and the Sea conference. It addresses the opportunities and constraints for the development of maritime governance, knowledge production maritime communities and maritime regions.

The Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment is responsible for one of the panels during the conference: Methods to measure societal activity relevant for development of the marine environment.

The topic of the panel is related to conference theme no 1 – Knowledge production.

It is evident that pressure from society on natural marine resources and marine services often is unsustainable and that the European Community needs to reduce its impact on marine waters. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) pilots the countries in this effort. The MSFD initial assessment included demand for economic and social assessments. However, no methods or indicators for societal performance are explicitly prescribed in the MSFD.

Further on, knowledge about useable methods/tools is not available for everyone involved in this particular policy. The link between activities in the society and environmental pressures is often difficult to assess. Knowledge about the links and to secure the direction of causality is important for decision makers.

This panel gives a possibility to discuss assessment needs and useful methods to measure human societal activity that can identify different drivers behind environmental change. This information is needed for management to be able to prioritize between different actions, and to get feedback of the result.

The Panel will start with presentation of scientific papers. At the moment there are 3 confirmed papers:

1. "Structuring societal information for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive". Eva-Lotta Sundblad, Lena Gipperth, Anders Grimvall, Andrea Morf, from Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment.

2. "Assessment of governance structures in coastal management: as social network analysis" The authors are Friederike Lempe, and Harry Vincent Strehlow, from Thünen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock Germany.

3. “The social and societal importance of the North Sea”. Ellen Hoefnagel and Marc-Jeroen Bogaardt, LEI/Wageningen University Research, the Netherlands

A Discussion will thereafter focus on the general questions regarding social analysis for the MSFD.

Interested in taking part in the conferece? Find out more about People and the Sea VII.

Feel free to contact us if you want to contribute to the seminar discussion (deadline for abstracts has passed).

Eva-Lotta Sundblad, PhD
Scientific coordinator
Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment
Phone: 46 31 – 786 6562, Mobile: 46 766 18 65 62
E-mail: Eva-Lotta.Sundblad@havsmiljoinstitutet.se

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