Ecosystem-based management may be a central practice that needs to be implemented for the UN Decade of Ocean Science to be effective. With a view to strengthen ecosystem-based management in the Baltic Sea region, HELCOM commits to organise a joint workshop bringing together policy, management and science. Key topics of such a workshop could deal with bottlenecks to the implementation of ecosystem-based management, suggest concrete actions to overcome these bottlenecks and propose pilot areas and concrete use cases where implementation could be tested. Besides HELCOM - contributing, in particular, with its advanced knowledge on holistic assessments and implementation of actions supporting ecosystem-based management of the marine environment - other important actors to engage could be ICES, national agencies involved in the implementation of marine policies as well as organizations designing these policies. If a pan-European focus is deemed relevant, OSPAR, UNEP/MAP and the Bucharest Convention could be potential partners, among other international fora. The Baltic and North Sea Coordination and Support Action (BANOS CSA), addressing both the North and the Baltic Sea, could also be considered as a relevant partner.
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
- Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
- Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
- Training and professional development