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Purpose and objectives

1. As recommended by the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole in February 2011, workshops are recognized as 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 (“Group of Experts”) and representatives and experts from States and competent intergovernmental organizations. These guidelines are intended to make clear how a set of workshops should be organized in support of the first phase of the first cycle of the Regular Process. The following guidelines will help ensure the credibility and legitimacy of the output of each workshop, and thus of the Regular Process in general.


2. The objectives of each of the set of workshops should be to:


  1. 1.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;
  2. 2.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;
  3. 3.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;
  4. 4.Start building capacity for integrated assessment, which could include discussing and developing:


  • Common information content for assessments at various scales and common approaches towards assessment methodologies;
  • Approaches for scaling up assessments (national, subregional, regional, global – that is, establishing how far assessments at one level can be used at other levels); and
  • Reporting forms to assist the integration process, with the aim of securing coherence, consistency and comparability as far as possible);

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


This list of objectives, the preparatory work set out in Appendix I and the outline agenda at Appendix II will constitute the terms of reference of the workshops.