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Annotated Agenda

Workshop for the North Atlantic, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, under the auspices of the United Nations, in support of the Regular Process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, including socio-economic aspects

Draft format and annotated provisional agenda and organization of work

 

Wednesday June 27th 2012

  1. Registration of participants and welcome coffee (8.30 – 9.00)

Participants will be required to register at the reception desk of the Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8, 1000 Brussels, where they will receive their badges as well as their information package.

  1. Opening ceremony (9.00 – 9.15)

Participants will be welcomed by Mr. Johan Vande Lanotte, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Consumer Affairs and the North Sea, as well as Annebeth Rosenboom, United Nations Department for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea.

  1. Election of the co-chairs (9.15 – 9.30)

Dr. Lorna Inniss (Co-Coordinator of the Group of Experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects) and Ms. Sophie Mirgaux (Belgian Federal Public Service of Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Department of Marine Environment) are presented as Co-chairs.

  1. Organisation of the workshop (9.30 – 9.40)

4.1 Objectives

The regional workshops of the Regular Process are a key mechanism by which the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment will be accomplished and States can enhance their assessment capacity. Workshops will facilitate dialogue between the Group of Experts of the Regular Process and representatives and experts from States and competent intergovernmental organizations.

In line with #2 of the Guidelines for Workshops to Assist the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, the objectives of this workshop will be:

a. Review and evaluate all assessments considered by the participants to be relevant to the sea area under consideration and, on the basis of those evaluations, compile an inventory of assessments likely to be useful for the Regular Process. The assessments to be considered should be both those related to environmental issues and those related to socio-economic issues. If necessary, arrangements should be initiated for access to those assessments by the Group of Experts and the secretariat of the Regular Process;  

b. Start building a network between experts and organizations taking part in each workshop, and the Group of Experts and the secretariat of the Regular Process;

c. Identify the capacity-building needs of States taking part in the workshop needed to allow them to contribute more fully to, and benefit more fully from, the Regular Process, including identification of priorities, and identify steps that those States could usefully take to build the capacities of competent intergovernmental organizations (if any) through which the States collaborate;

d. Start building capacity for integrated assessment, which could include discussing and developing:

(i) Common information content for assessments at various scales and common approaches towards assessment methodologies;

(ii) Approaches for scaling up assessments (national, sub-regional, regional, global – that is, establishing how far assessments at one level can be used at other levels); and

(iii) Reporting forms to assist the integration process, with the aim of securing coherence, consistency and comparability as far as possible);

e. Consider the linkages between driving factors and the state of the marine environment as reflected in assessment.

4.2 Information to be provided by participants

For the workshop to be a success, participants are invited to provide, before the workshop, the following information. This information will serve as the basis for discussions in working groups.

1. Details of assessments carried out under the auspices of States or intergovernmental organizations attending the workshop, which could be relevant to issues in the draft Possible Outline for the First Global Integrated Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects. A starting point for assembling this information should be the assessments listed in the GRAMED database, where much of this information is already to be found. Assessments not carried out by States or intergovernmental organizations, but which the States or intergovernmental organizations use, or which they consider to be relevant, should also be included. The details to be provided should include, as far as possible:

(a) Agency conducting the specific assessment;

(b) Major intended users of the assessment, and the uses for which it was intended;

(c) Spatial and temporal scale of the assessment, and frequency of assessment cycle;

(d) Issues covered by the assessment;

(e) Types of data, experiential knowledge, indicators and the reasons for their selection, and other information sources contributing to the assessment;

(f) Where trends of component information sets have been deduced, the methods employed;

(g) Where an effort has been made to integrate different types of information, particularly social, economic and ecological information, the extent of, and methods for, such integration;

(h) Sources of any evaluation benchmarks, reference levels or ecotoxicological assessment criteria used in the assessment;

(i) Extent and sources of any forecasts, projections, and scenarios used in the assessment; and

(j) If data-assessment limitations (such as data-extrapolation errors, uncertainties and/or information gaps) were addressed in the assessment, a description of how this was done.

2. For issues in the draft Possible Outline for the First Global Integrated Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects for which no assessment has been carried out by a State or intergovernmental organization attending the workshop, but where they hold relevant data or information:

(a) What types of relevant data or information are known to be collected and managed, and by what State(s) and agencies (this is expected to be the case for some key social and economic data)? What information can be provided about the spatial and temporal coverage and technical content of such data or information?

(b) Where key types of information are not known to exist, can expert knowledge be mobilized to fill the gap and, if so, how can the experts be accessed?

3. Contact details of focal points for the States and intergovernmental organizations to be represented at the workshop (and a plan for receiving nominations for States not present).

4. Advance notice of identified capacity-building needs.

4.3 Practical organization

The workshop will be held in the format of presentations by invited experts, followed by discussions in the plenary setting on these presentations, as well as work in working groups, reporting back to the plenary.

The three different working groups will address the following issues, in line with the options in the Assessment outline:

  1. Session on the state of the environment (physical/chemical/biological science)

Chair: Peter Harris (GoE)

Rapporteur: Saskia Van Gaever (GoE)

  1. Session on the pressures and impacts, including human activities

Chair: Jake Rice (GoE)

Rapporteur: tbd

  1. Session on socio-economic aspects

Chair: Alan Simcock (GoE)

Rapporteur: Wouter Rommens (UNEP/GRID-Arendal)

5. Adoption of the agenda (9.40 – 9.45)

Participants are invited to adopt the annotated agenda prepared by the co-chairs as a basis and structure for their work.

6. Presentations (9.45 – 12.30)

6.1 Presentation on the Regular Process according to the mandate from the United Nations

Annebeth Rosenboom (Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations).

6.2 Presentation on the aims, scope and expected output of the Workshops

Alan Simcock, Group of Experts

6.2 General comments on the tasks that the workshop has to carry out

Plenary discussion

6.3 Coffee Break

Salon des Tapisseries – Egmont Palace

6.4 Presentation on the outline of the first global integrated marine assessment

Peter Harris, Group of Experts

6.5 Process of drafting the first global integrated marine assessment and answer session

Chul Park, Group of Experts

6.6 Questions and answers

Plenary session

7. Lunch break (12.30 – 14.00)

Lunch will be served in the Salon des Tapisseries.

8. Presentations of regional programmes (14.00 – 17.30)

Representatives of regional organisations for the North Atlantic, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea will present their regional assessments programmes, followed by presentations on ICES, on CIESM-Mediterranean Science Commission (Paulo Nunes) and on the North West Atlantic (Jake Rice, Andrew Rosenberg).

The presentation will be interrupted for a coffee break from 15.30 – 15.50. After the presentations, there will be room for questions and discussion (16.25 – 16.45 and 17.15 – 17.30).

9. Presentation of Marine Strategy Framework Directive (16.45 – 17.00)

David Connor, European Commission

10. Overview of the existing assessments in the region (based on AoA finding and information submitted by States or regional organizations) (17.00 – 17.15)

Georg Martin, Group of Experts

Thursday June 28th 2012

  1. 11.Organisation of, and allocation to, Working groups

The co-chairs will present the different topics of discussions of the three working groups, which will respectively focus on:

  1. Session on the state of the environment (physical/chemical/biological science)
  2. Session on the pressures and impacts, including human activities
  3. Session on socio-economic aspects

The working groups will be facilitated by moderators and will focus their discussions on the following aspects regarding their respective topics:

a) Consideration by the working groups of whether the draft Possible Outline for the First Global Integrated Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socio-economic Aspects will meet the needs of the States and intergovernmental organizations represented in the working groups. Identification of priority issues for integrated assessment and of any additional questions that should be considered in the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment.

b) Evaluation by the working groups of the assessments in the summary/compilation prepared on the basis of the information submitted by participants. This summary/compilation will be prepared by the Co-Chairs and will be made available before the beginning of the meeting.

c) Consideration of existing regional approaches and methodologies on integrated assessment.

d) Consideration by the working groups of what might be done in relation to issues on which data and/or information is known to be available but where no assessment has been carried out.

e) Identification of issues which are important but where no data/information is available for the sea area under consideration, and discussion of how information can be mobilized or necessary research into such issues can be organized.

f) Consideration by the working groups of whether any changes are needed in the draft Guidance to Authors.

g) Stock-taking by the working groups of the existing capacities of national and regional ocean and marine research and training institutions relevant to the States and intergovernmental organizations concerned with the sea area under consideration, for marine monitoring and assessment and integrated assessments.

h) Stock-taking of existing expert networks in and among the States and intergovernmental organizations concerned with the sea area under consideration, and of their suitability for playing major roles in strengthening capacity.

i) Identification by the working groups of needs for capacity-building (including the acquisition of necessary technology) for marine monitoring and assessment (including making integrated assessments).

j) Development by the working groups of a short-term capacity-building plan to mobilize the information and knowledge that is known to exist in relation to the sea area under consideration, but has not yet been systematically organized in a way that would allow its use for the Regular Process.

k) A session to start building capacity for integrated assessments.

l) Consideration by the working groups of how users of the existing assessments in the summary can be kept informed of activities of the Regular Process, and how the Group of Experts of the Regular Process can be kept aware of, and responsive to, their needs.

  1. 12.Work in working groups (9.10 – 12.30)

Discussion in working groups.

  1. 13.Lunch Break (12.30 – 14.00)

Lunch will be served in the Salon des Tapisseries.

  1. 14.Work in working groups (14.00 – 15.30)

Discussion in working groups.

  1. 15.Coffee Break (15.30 – 15.50)

Coffee will be served in the Salon des Tapisseries.

  1. 16.Work in working groups (15.50 – 17.00)

Discussion in working groups.

  1. 17.Drafting summary of the discussion (17.00 – 18.00)

The chairs and the rapporteurs of the working groups will prepare a draft summary of discussions to be presented and discussed at the session of Friday June 29th.

Friday June 29th 2012

  1. 18.Presentations and discussion of the outcomes of the working groups (9.00 – 11.40)

Each moderator will present the outcomes of their respective working group. The presentation will be followed by a discussion in the plenary setting.

  1. 19.Identification of knowledge gaps session (11.40 – 12.30)

The discussion of the outcomes of the working groups will provide participants with information to identify knowledge gaps and will discuss this issue in a plenary setting. The workshop summary will include a section on the identified gaps.

  1. 20.Lunch break (12.30 – 14.00)

Lunch will be served at the Salon des Tapisseries.

  1. 21.Plan for short-term and mid-term capacity building for the region and global perspective (14.00 – 14.40)

Wouter Rommens (UNEP/GRID-Arendal)

 

  1. 22.Presentation on data standardisation

Peter Pissiersens from IODE (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO)

  1. 23.Question and answer session (15.10 – 15.30)

Plenary discussion

  1. 24.Coffee Break (15.30 – 15.50)

Coffee will be served at the Salon des Tapisseries.

  1. 25.Conclusion and recommendations (15.50 – 16.10)

The Group of Experts will present their conclusions at the end of this workshop, based on the draft summary of the Co-Chairs and provide the participants with their recommendations.

  1. 26.Means of communication and follow-up of the results of the workshop (16.10 – 16.30)

Peter Harris & Alan Simcock (GoE) will present on the concrete output of the workshop.

  1. 27.Closure of the Workshop and Reception (16.30 – 17.30)

The Co-Chairs will close the workshop and invite participants to a reception, served at the Salon des Tapisseries.