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The ecosystem approach in ocean planning and governance

Conference

The ecosystem approach gained formal recognition in the field of international law in 1995 when the parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a 'common understanding' of the approach and called on all governments and international organizations to apply it. It has subsequently been endorsed, inter alia, by the parties to the Helsinki Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area.

The ecosystem approach gained formal recognition in the field of international law in 1995 when the parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a 'common understanding' of the approach and called on all governments and international organizations to apply it. It has subsequently been endorsed, inter alia, by the parties to the Helsinki Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area.

According to the 'common understanding' of the CBD the ecosystem approach'...is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way...' It '...requires adaptive management to deal with the complex and dynamic nature of ecosystems and the absence of complete knowledge or understanding of their functioning.'

In EU law the Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires adaptive management on the basis of the ecosystem approach to be applied with the aim of attaining good environmental status and according to the directive on marine spatial planning an ecosystem-based approach will allow for an adaptive management which ensures refinement and further development as experience and knowledge increase.

The EU's common fisheries policy (CFP) aims to implement the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management so as to ensure that negative impacts of fishing activities on the marine ecosystem are minimised.

Due to the various, and varying, features and complexities of both ecosystems and legal/administrative systems the effective implementation in practice of the ecosystem approach can be highly challenging and requires many aspects to be considered.

The conference aims to explore these challenges and look for good examples of the bridging or integration of the forces/logics that govern ecosystems and legal/administrative systems respectively.

Lecturer: Sue Kidd, Senior lecturer, School of Environmental Sciences, Liverpool, UK; David Fluharty, Associate Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, USA; Frank Maes, Professor, Faculty of Law, Ghent University, Belgium; Rosemary Rayfuse, Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Date & hour: 11/7/2016 at 9:30 AM till 11/8/2016 at 3:30 PM

Categories: Sustainable development, Economics and Law , Environment

Organizer: Department of Law

Location: School of Business, Economics and Law, Vasagatan 1
B33

Additional information:
TheEcosystemApproach5final.pdf

Contact person: Aron Westholm

Page Manager: Jeffrey Johns|Last update: 6/22/2011
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