Which features of biodiversity can be related to ecosystem health, function, resistance, or resilience? The call for ecosystem based management and its implementation in marine policies has instigated new research on biodiversity and its importance for marine conservation. Theme session D will address new and applied methods to measure biodiversity, as well aspects of biodiversity that contribute to ecosystem health, and linking biodiversity to the 'ecosystem goods and services' approach.
How does this relate to the ongoing work of ICES? Theme session D has close links to the following ICES groups:
Working Group on Biodiversity Science (WGBIODIV) Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities (WGECO) Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the North Sea (WGINOSE) ICES/HELCOM Working Group on Integrated Assessments of the Baltic Sea (WGIAB)
ACOM/SCICOM Strategic Initiative on Biodiversity Science and advice (SIBAS)
Theme session J - CIA on the loose Theme session M - Social, economic and ecological impact assessment across marine sectors? Theme session N - Seafloor habitat mapping: from observation to management Theme session P - How to hit an uncertain, moving target: achieving Good Environmental Status under the Marine Strategy Framework directive Theme session Q - From genes to ecosystems: spatial heterogeneity and temporal dynamics of the Baltic Sea