Do you fit the WGBESEO profile?

Members needed for new group that will balance economic, social, and ecological objectives in integrated assessments.
Published: 10 March 2020

​​​The scope of ICES advice has been broadened ​​​to include catch opportunities, fisheries overviews, and ecosystem overviews. 

We also provide analysis and data on the trade-offs associated with different decisions, taking into account the management context and relevant management objectives. There are a variety of social, economic, and ecological (SEE) objectives set out in legal and policy documents relevant for managing marine resources. Having an overview of these, as well as information on potential trade-offs among them, enables decision-making with a better understanding of the societal implications of alternative courses of action. 

The Working Group on Balancing Economic, Social, and Ecological Objectives in Integrated Assessments (WGBESEO) has just been established to develop a methodology for identifying and characterizing/classifying SEE objectives in a multi-level governance setting. This will enable awareness of such objectives in future analysis and evidence for our advice. 

WGBESEO co-chairs David Langlet, David Goldsborough, Paulina Ramirez-Monsalve are looking forward to welcoming new members to the group and have put together a profile of who they would like to join them.

The group will meet three times in 2020: 15–17 April in Copenhagen, Denmark, 15–19 June in Edinburgh, Scotland (with WGSOCIAL and WGECON), and 9–10 September in Copenhagen. 

Do you fit the profile?

Ramirez-Monsalve notes that, "The nature of the work makes experience of analysing legal and policy texts in international, regional, national and/or subnational contexts highly relevant. The same goes for an understanding of how different kinds of documents are used to formulate policy and how they are intended to direct decision-making in specific settings".   

A potential member could contribute with the following:

  • Knowledge of methods for policy analysis in different forms.
  • Knowledge of fisheries policy (knowledge of other marine policy areas - such as offshore energy production or marine environmental protection - is also desirable). 
  • Experience of working with policies/instruments that cover multiple marine activities, such as marine spatial planning.
  • A willingness (and preferably also experience) of working in multi- or transdisciplinary environments as well as a preparedness to compromise in order to find common ground in terms of methods and modes of working.
  • Experience of arranging stakeholder consultations, including policymakers.

The chairs feel that it would be beneficial for WGBESEO to have representation from each IEA ecoregion.

​Do you fit the profile? Contact the chairs of WGBESEO​ if you feel you are interested in becoming a new member of the group.

The work of WGBESEO focuses on conservation and management science which is an ICES science priority that supports our Strategic Plan. Discover our seven interrelated scientific priorities and how our network will address them in our Science Plan: “Marine ecosystem and sustainability science for the 2020s and beyond"

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