The Advisory Plan aims to improve the resilience of ICES advice to future challenges, and recognize and embrace opportunities. It is a sister plan to the ICES Strategic and Science Plans, which were introduced earlier this year.
The plan highlights three goals for the organization's advisory function: to enhance credibility and transparency of advice, to move towards ecosystem advice and better utilize the science and data available in ICES, and to share and communicate advice better to meet stakeholders' and advice requestors' needs.
“I am excited about the launch of the Advisory Plan. It focuses on improving our processes and prepares us for future challenges when delivering the evidence base to meet conservation, management, and sustainability goals. It makes the support for ecosystem-based decisions for our seas and oceans central to ICES advice", explains Mark Dickey-Collas, the Chair of the ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM).
“The plan challenges us to maximise the use of our science and data to deliver more credible and transparent advice in an iterative partnership with clients and stakeholders."
The new Advisory Plan is available online, and will be introduced to stakeholders and advice requesters in the January MIRIA and MIACO meetings at ICES Headquarters in Copenhagen.
If you are interested in finding out more about the new plan or our advisory process in general, you can contact the member country representatives of our Advisory Committee (ACOM).