Note: because of Mireille Consalvey’s change of career, Dr Andrew Sweetman is the new co-lead of WG5 with Dr Eva Ramirez-Llodra.
Please contact Eva Ramirez-Llodra if you wish to be an ACTIVE participant of this INDEEP WG.
MAIN ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS
Communication amongst stakeholders
The Anthropogenic Impact and Science Policy working group is focusing its efforts into establishing a strong and fluent communication between deep-sea scientists and stakeholders. In this regard, several activities have been undertaken and are under way.
PHOTOS: Marine litter collected from the deep Mediterranean Sea during the Spanish PROMETEO and European ESF BIOFUN (EuroDEEP EuroCores) projects. Photos: E. Ramirez-Llodra, ICM-CSIC, Spain.
Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) workshop
INDEEP has joined forces with DOSI in an expert meeting held in Mexico City in April 2013 dedicated to develop a Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative, including goals, approaches, strategies and timeline. The workshop brought together a small group of social and natural scientists, regulators and stakeholders to develop a program to maintain biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, promote sustainability and encourage responsible use of the deep sea.
The workshop objectives were:
"Bridging the Gap” questionnaire
Maria Baker, with input from Kristina Gjerde, IUCN, Lisa Levin, SIO and Jeff Ardron has compiled an INDEEP “Bridging the Gap” questionnaire aiming at developing a searchable database of deep-sea experts’ profiles from across the globe. The information will be shared (with permission) with management organisations and policy makers to help bridge the gap between accurate scientific information and management of our deep oceans. The questionnaire was launched in September and within just a few days we had over 100 respondents. Responses to some of these questions were used to formulate plans during the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative meeting, April 2013.
INDEEP list of experts
Maria Baker has compiled a list of experts in the field of Marine Genetic Resources and Marine Conservation and Ecosystems in the high seas and deep seas beyond national jurisdiction under IUCN’s request by Kristina Gjierde.
DIVE IN SERIES ON ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACT AND SCIENCE POLICY
A series of 4 documents are being produced:
1) Rare-earth minerals owing to their recent discovery and very high potential for mining (Smith),
2) Deep-sea management success stories (Clark & Smith)
3) Mining of SMS deposits at vents (Nye)
4) Marine litter in deep-sea habitats (Ramirez-Llodra)