Joint ICES/HELCOM Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the Baltic Sea



WGIABWGIABTrueCarolyn Faithfull, Riikka Puntila-DoddIEASGcarolyn.faithfull@slu.se, Riikka.Puntila-Dodd@syke.fi199Joint ICES/HELCOM Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the Baltic Sea

The Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the Baltic Sea (WGIAB) is a scientific forum that develops and combines ecosystem-based assessments with management efforts for the Baltic Sea.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The overall scope of WGIAB is to produce science that promotes adaptive and holistic marine management strategies in the Baltic Sea.

In the group we develop tools for an integrated ecosystem assessment and management, applied to the biological preconditions of the Baltic Sea but transferable to parallel situations in the other regional seas. Core activities of our group include assessing long-term trends in the ecosystem (Integrated Trend Analyses, ITA) and developing models for scenario-based management strategy evaluation, as part of an adaptive and integrated ecosystem management cycle. Our work builds on case studies to enhance understanding of the Baltic Sea ecosystem, particularly concerning food-web dynamics, management trade-offs, and ecosystem interactions over different temporal and spatial scales, and to identify key species and processes for sustainability.

The WGIAB is a joint HELCOM/ICES group and serves as an ecosystem level counterpart to related ICES advisory groups and HELCOM projects. The group provides support to the development of integrated advice for fisheries management (by interaction with the Baltic Fisheries Assessment Working Group, WGBFAS), regional ecosystem overviews, and multi-sectorial advice for marine management. The WGIAB has been meeting annually since 2007, and has representatives from all countries in the Baltic Sea region.


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