The workshop will be organised in three well-defined sessions; 1) a review of knowledge and experiences related to MPA policies and implementation, 2) lessons learned, and 3) potential solutions and ways forward. Each session will address all the main themes (see below) but from their respective perspective/objective for the given session. The main focus of the workshop will be to extract the information from Nordic and other global experiences and analyse how recommendations from these practical regional and national experiences can best be shared.
Day 1- Review of knowledge and experiences
A review of experiences in the implementation of MPAs as tools within a fisheries management context, linked to wider spatial planning of human uses and conservation, and their effect on biodiversity conservation. This will be organised as a set of presentations/discussions led by a facilitator that will try to organise the discussions to extract the knowledge of the participants in a succinct way.Participants will discuss the role and the contribution by MPAs and similar space-based tools for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on experiences that have been evaluated relatively to these two goals.
Day 2 – Lessons learned
The second day will be devoted to a series of discussions of options and good practices relative to the practical use of MPAs within the themes suggested. The participants will be divided into a number of round-table discussion groups, to discuss lessons learned from the reviews presented during the first day, and other sources of information. The chairs of each group will close the day by presenting a summary of lessons learned on each particular aspect of MPA policy and implementation.
Day 3 – The way forward
During the third and final day, participants will concentrate on trying to convert the lessons learned, compiled and organised during the second day, into practical recommendations. During this day, participants will discuss the potential for application of the lessons learned, as organized by the chairs of the previous-day round tables, into actual design and implementation of MPAs for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation. In doing this, they will strive to identify the aspects that have the potential to be applied in other areas or regions, taking account of natural or cultural specificities of the Nordic region relative to other areas of the world.
Basically the participants will be asked to answer the following general question:
“How can we turn the lessons learned into practical guidance for the adequate design, management and implementation of MPAs, taking into consideration their integration in the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and in wider context of cross-sectoral Ecosystem Approaches to Marine Management, so that they can produce the desired results for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in a way that is tangible and adequate for both fisheries and conservation practitioners?”