Format and scope of the Symposium

The symposium will be organised with 5 consecutive sessions

Session 1

The ecosystem approach: concepts and strategies
This session will include a review of the development of the conceptual framework for implementing an ecosystem approach, including sectoral and cross-sectoral considerations, and the strategies that have been designed to achieve implementation of those concepts.

Session 2

The knowledge base for an ecosystem approach
Review of the advances in developing the knowledge base for an ecosystem approach to fisheries, in both data rich and data poor situations.

Session 3 

Approaches and tools for managing fisheries as part of the ecosystem approach
Review of progress made in developing approaches and tools for the adoption of an ecosystem approach, with emphasis on systemic  effort and catch controls, technological measures (e.g. fishing gear modifications), spatial controls (e.g. MPAs),  and economic incentives (including certification processes).

Session 4

Experiences from case studies
This session will review the experiences made in implementing an ecosystem approach at various scales, including local, national and regional levels. The contribution of LMEs for regional implementation of the ecosystem approach will be given special consideration.

Session 5 

Implementing the ecosystem approach to fisheries: the way forward
Introductory papers presented by members of a panel of invited experts will set the stage for a final plenary discussion as regards the way forward, taking into consideration lessons learned, challenges and obstacles to implementation. 

In each session there will be one or more invited speakers to present introductions, overviews and different perspectives to the topics covered. We are also inviting participants to give contributions. There will be the opportunity for some unsolicited oral presentations but most contributions will be made through posters, which will be given special attention in the programme.

A scientific planning group with representatives from the organisers and FAO will draw up a detailed programme for the conference.