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Led by Sebastian Unger, Ben Boteler and Matt Gianni, with input from Luise von Pogrell, David Johnson and Vikki Gunn, this workshop will provide information on the importance of “translating” scientific findings to policy and regulatory action. We will discuss the various means and methods of identifying the scientific information that policy-makers and regulators are likely to find relevant and the means by which to effectively interject the information into regulatory processes. We will discuss a number of such processes, for example regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) in the Atlantic that regulate bottom fisheries for their impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems and the current negotiations at the International Seabed Authority (ISA) to develop regulations needed to protect and preserve the marine environment from the harmful effects of mining activities. We will provide ‘real world’ examples from these and other organisations on how science has been used to inform the debates and negotiations regarding conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment.
Please note this is an in-person event, and the working language will be English.
|10:00 – 10:30||Welcome and introduction|
10:30 – 12:30
(inc. coffee break)
Presentations and discussion
1. International Ocean Governance/ current challenges and opportunities to bringing science to policymakers:
2. Ocean governance in Brazil: the regional and national scales
3. Transdisciplinary ocean governance research:
|12:30 – 14:00||Lunch break|
|14:00 – 15:30|
Group work: translating scientific research into practice
Group discussions with a focus on deep-sea research and design of science/policy interfaces
|15:30 – 15:50||Coffee break|
|15:50 – 16:00||Personal reflections and development of take-home messages|
|16:00 – 16:30||Reporting back to plenary & closing discussion|
Please contact the iAtlantic Project Office: i-Atlantic@ed.ac.uk