The AORA Working Group on the Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors (EA2OHS) is a trilateral working group with participants representing Canada, the European Union and the United States of America. The working group was formed to promote research to understand the North Atlantic Ocean in support of ecosystem-based management.
Recognizing that the Atlantic Ocean is a shared resource and responsibility, the AORA EA2OHS seeks to advance understanding of the Atlantic Ocean and its dynamic systems to:
- Improve ocean health
- Enhance ocean stewardship
- Promote the sustainable use and management of its resources
Management of marine ecosystems is transitioning towards implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM), which offers a more systematic and integrated approach compared with conventional management.
Science informs ecosystem-based management, which includes key elements such as connections and linkages between and within ecosystems, as well as with social and economic systems.
The working group was tasked with creating a vision and roadmap for an international science plan on research directions, priorities, synergies, and complementarities in the North Atlantic.
The most important achievements and deliverables of the working group were outcomes that shifted the debate to facilitate more widespread implementation of EBM across the north Atlantic. EA2OHS working group significantly altered the disciplinary perceptions for EBM, a non-trivial accomplishment. The main overarching findings were:
1. Ecosystem-based management enables new benefits and opportunities; make the business case
2. Yes, we can! Adequate mandates and effective tools exist for ecosystem-based management
3. Integration of human dimensions is essential for ecosystem-based management; diversify the conversation
4. Stakeholders don’t see their stake (in ecosystem-based management); we need to engage and target ocean literacy to professionals
5. A sustainable future requires a sustained investment in ecosystem-based management; commitment is key.
Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Coordination & Support Action (AORA-CSA), which has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 652677.
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES http://www.ices.dk/), a partner in the AORA-CSA, worked closely with the AORA Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health & Stressors Working Group to develop this video; Uptree Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark was the creative agency engaged to do so.
|Name: Isa Woulfe|
|Profession: AORA-CSA / Marine Institute|