The early bird registration is now open for the 3rd International Conference on Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Arctic Large Marine Ecosystems titled, “Managing Marine Ecosystems in a Rapidly Warming Arctic.” The conference will take place 16-18 April 2024 in Tromsø, Norway, and online.
This science conference succeeds two successful Ecosystem Approach to Management conferences arranged in 2016 and 2019 by the cross-cutting Ecosystem Approach Expert Group under PAME’s leadership. The third iteration of the conference is part of the official Norwegian Chairship program and co-organized by PAME, AMAP, CAFF and SDWG, as well as two of the Council‘s Observer organizations, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and WWF-Arctic and hosted by the Institute of Marine Research.
The Arctic Council, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the United Nations (UN) all acknowledge that the Arctic temperatures are rising faster than any other place on Earth. This is changing the Arctic in visible ways and at an unprecedented speed. Consequences will be far-reaching for marine ecosystems, and the people and communities that rely on them for their livelihoods and cultures.
As the sea ice retreats and the Arctic Ocean becomes increasingly accessible, pressures from human activities are also increasing. These growing pressures increase the risks marine ecosystems and biodiversity are facing and threaten current approaches to marine management and conservation.
Ecosystem-based Management (EBM) is endorsed at the highest level, including UN bodies and states. The Arctic Council embraces Ecosystem-Based Management of human activities in the Arctic to achieve sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services and maintenance of ecosystem integrity and is issuing guidance for its implementation that involve Indigenous peoples, local communities and industry stakeholders. Likewise, EBM is increasingly a topic of interest in universities and academia.