The group allows LME practitioners to examine broader global ocean issues, emerging challenges, and new methodologies including science and policy breakthroughs in shaping ecosystem-based management. Members include regional coordinators of LME projects, independent scientists and experts from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
The aim is to identify best practices in the selection of science-based indicators for ecosystem-based management within the framework of the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) projects. These include evaluating the principal indicators used as indices for resource recovery, climate change and sustaining socio-economic benefits. Tasks also involve information sharing through publications and reports.
WGLMEBP also evaluates requirements for training and resource development in LME projects, including identifying providers of advanced training modules for best practices for ecosystem-based management.
A key requirement is to review the biology, oceanography and management structures of Arctic LMEs, especially given increasing pressures due to climate change and commercial development. Developing a workplan for increased ICES engagement in the Arctic LME integrated assessments is a priority.
The group also addresses aspects of the GEF/LME CoP project “A Global Community of Practice to Improve the Management of Large Marine Ecosystems and their Coasts".