Training course on "Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystems based marine resources management and planning” - 22 – 24 -26 March 2021

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The training course on “Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystem-based marine resources management and planning” - which was originally supposed to take place physically in Venice in Spring 2021 -  will be organised as an online training 22 -24-26 March 2021. Co-organisers are the Mediterranean Biodiversity protection community  (MBPC) and the BlueMed Coordination and Support Action (Research and innovation for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean Area) in collaboration with IOC-UNESCO and MSP Global Initiative. Focusing on ecosystem-based management marine spatial planning training, this unique training  opportunity is being supported  by the Marine Institute (Croatia), the National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR, Italy), the European Topic Centre of the University of Malaga (Spain),  and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR) (France) and communication support from MedCities (Spain) and Latte Creative (Italy).

Pre-selected mid-career candidates will be involved as trainees in a three mornings live sessions with high level experts and researchers to address multidisciplinary approaches and maritime spatial planning ( read the topics) .  Those candidates already attended  a 2-hour mandatory webinar on 17 September 2020 which is now available online. They will still benefit from a physical workshop  - if the sanitary situation allows it – in Fall 2021. The sessions will be also disseminated via MBPC social media, and advanced researchers and scientists, as well as marine planners,  are invited to follow this training course.

During the introductory webinar, 17th September 2020, a range of international trainers provided their views and knowledge as experts, to introduce, in a nutshell, the different topics  and issues to be further discussed into the concrete training.

Dania Abdul Malak (ETC-UMA Director and Biodiversity Protection Community – MBPC project leader from Interreg Med program) first introduced what the ecosystem-based management means, underlining all interactions between biodiversity and human activities and well-being. She highlighted the critical warning by science of the escalating impacts on ecological systems and the consequences of these changes on human.  She presented the Mediterranean Biodiversity protection community (MBPC) which is filling the gap to join science and policy.

Alejandro Iglesias Campos (IOC-UNESCO MSP Global) introduced marine spatial planning (MSP), giving the participants historical data and highlighting the importance of a knowledge-based approach for sustainable blue growth

Andrea Barbanti, from ISMAR CNR, entered into some technical aspects of MSP, insisting on the necessity to constantly add and update knowledge, and on the important link between MSP and the development of marine protected areas (MPAs). He raised the question on what kind of knowledge is needed for  an effective MSP,  one of the issues to be addressed during the upcoming training. 

Jean-Baptiste Jouffray (Stockholm University) introduced how complex marine socio-ecological systems can be, focusing on the impacted biosphere which is necessary to human activities and societies, and which should be included in (if not at the base of) every social, cultural and economic processes. 

Finally, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and cooperation, was presented by Christopher Cvitanovic (transdisciplinary marine scientist) through a more in-depth presentation, mentioning their benefits and present difficulties. With its fresh presentation he underlined important changes are needed on scientist typology for an interdisciplinary socioecological science; scientists need to be enabled to work across disciplines and knowledge systems as well as facilitators between marine science and policy and practice.

This webinar, attended by 58 participants, including speakers,  was above all a first opportunity to observe the same willingness shared by many motivated actors, and thus to be confident for the future of common initiatives to protect the Mediterranean biodiversity.

While pre-selected candidates have been invited to join the next course 22 – 24 -26 March 2021 as interactive sessions, the course will be recorded and edited videos from the session will be at your disposal after the course for a wider audience through the MBPC social media, so if you are interested to learn more on MSP and the ecosystem-based approaches, please stay tune to receive more detailed information and take part in the future courses survey.

Full Programme available upon registration HERE  - (REGISTRATION CLOSED)  until  8th March 2021.