Posted by: Hendra Siry | 8 January, 2008

International Symposium on Coping with Global Change in Marine Social-ecological Systems

International Symposium on “Coping with global change in marine social-ecological systems” will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, 8-11 July 2008.Note the Abstract deadline has been revised to 1 February 2008, and the Early Registration deadline is 1 April 2008.

The primary sponsors of this symposium are the Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics program (GLOBEC); the European Network of Excellence for Oceans Ecosystem Analysis (EUR-OCEANS), and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

To date, confirmed co-sponsoring organisations include the Institut de recherche pour le Développement (IRD, France), Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), the Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR), the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research program (IMBER), and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

The central goals of the symposium are to share experiences across disciplines and to identify key next steps and common elements and approaches that promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global changes. The sympsoium will focus on the interactions between natrual and social science disciplines within the context of major marine environmental changes and fisheries crises – around the workd including developing and developed world examples. Key themes include:

  1. exploring conceptual issues relating to social-ecological responses in marine systems to global changes;
  2. analysing case studies of specific examples of social-ecological responses in marine systems to significant environmental changes manifested locally;
  3. synthesising the work of natural and social scientists and building comparisons of social-ecological responses in marine ecosystems subjected to major environmental variability;
  4. developing innovative approaches to the use of science and knowledge in management, policy and advice;
  5. identifying lessons for governance for building resilient social-ecological systems.

Details on the symposium organisation, Scientific Steering Committee members, scientific sessions, etc. are available at the symposium web site. This site also includes downloads of the poster and brochure – a direct link to the brochure.

To date, confirmed Keynote Invited speakers include Drs. Bonnie McCay, Katrina Brown, Glenn-Marie Lange; confirmed Distinguished Closing Panelists include Drs. Barbara Neis, Samuel Pooley, Poul Degnbol and Mitsutaku Makino.


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