Human impacts on marine functional connectivity


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Workshops will take place at the same time during the first half of the day on Thursday, 25 May.

​​​​​Workshop 1: Geohistorical perspectives on functional connectivity patterns

Organizers: Konstantina Agiadi and Bryony Caswell, PAGES-Q Mare

Geohistorical data are fundamental for understanding current species distributions, including their origin, movement, and vectors (whether they be natural or anthropogenic). Historical records can include documents and images, oral history, museum collections or archaeological records (e.g., shell middens) that can be used to recreate species distributions and track the rates, pathways and consequences of species movements. Geological records, from the recent and deeper past, can help us to understand the consequences of species redistribution due to natural environmental changes at geological timescales including long-term patterns associated with climate change.

Join this workshops to review the available resources, techniques and applications of geohistorical data in providing a baseline of pre-industrial changes in functional connectivity patterns, anticipating future species distributions, and the consequences for communities and ecosystem services.

​Workshop 2: ​Marine connectivity, marine policy and stakeholder engagement 

Organizers: Yael Teff-Seker, University of California Davis, Anna Maria Addamo, European Commission - Joint Research Center and Peter Mackelworth, Blue World Institute​

​The impacts on marine connectivity should be taken into consideration when developing marine policy for an ever-changing environment. Climate change and other old and new anthropogenic impacts (e.g., land-based pollution, offshore wind, overfishing, etc.), are having a compounded impact on marine functional connectivity. However, scientists studying marine connectivity often find it challenging to translate their work into policy and to reach the relevant stakeholders and decision makers.

This workshop will address these challenges and provide tools for scientists working at the science-policy interface. The first half of the workshop will focus on how to engage government and NGO stakeholders to encourage the incorporation of marine connectivity and anthropogenic impacts in decision-making processes, planning, and policy. The second half of the workshop will address the challenges of cross-border cooperation, both within the EU and shared boundaries with non-EU countries. This type of cooperation requires collaboration of scientists and policymakers across multiple countries and organisations in order to ensure that marine connectivity is maintained or improved across wider marine areas.​

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