Social, cultural, economic, and governance aspects need to be integrated into the framework of the ecosystem-based approach to management (EBM). The integrated ecosystem assessments (IEA) process needs to integrate the understanding of marine socio-ecological systems and apply methodologies from both the natural and the social sciences, as well as methodologies that integrate across disciplines. If the understanding is to be translated into advice and management, the interface between science and policy, including the involvement of wider civil society, needs to be taken into account.
This session will focus on a few case studies where this integration has been pursued to learn from successes and failures. These case studies wil be presented as impulse presentations to stimulate a discussion on ways forward.
Papers are welcome on the following topics related to the management of marine ecosystems: