Expert workshop on integrated governance took place in Helsinki

BONUS GOHERR organized an expert workshop on integrated governance on 14th of November in Helsinki.

15 experts representing the fishing industry, fisheries and public health sciences, decision makers and environmental NGOs contributed to discussions about the potential and challenges of 1) integrating the governance of Baltic salmon and herring fisheries, and 2) integrating food safety and security into fisheries governance.

The analysis of the workshop discussions is expected to contribute to the understanding of how to operationalise ecosystem-based fisheries management. An output of the workshop will be a journal article with the workshop participants involved as co-authors.


Expert workshop on integrated governance

14th of November 2017, Business Meeting Park, Helsinki, Finland


9.00 Coffee

9.15 Welcome:

• BONUS GOHERR project
Participant introductions

10.00 Shared understanding on the problem and its solution possibilities:

• Interactions between Baltic salmon and herring and bioaccumulation of dioxins
• The dioxin problem of Baltic herring and salmon fisheries and ways to manage it
• Current governance systems of dioxin risks and fisheries

10.30 Parallel sessions part 1:

• Table 1: Integration of Baltic salmon and herring management
• Table 2: Integration of food security and safety into fisheries governance

12.00 Lunch

13.30 Parallel sessions part 2:

• Table 1: Integration of Baltic salmon and herring management
• Table 2: Integration of food security and safety into fisheries governance

15.00 Coffee break

15.20 SWOT-analysis of integrated governance:

• strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats

16.30 Wrap up, discussion

17.00 End of workshop


GOHERR research in RISK2017 conference

GOHERR scientists Annukka Lehikoinen and Mia Pihlajamäki participated the 3rd conference of The Nordic Chapter of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). The conference was held at Aalto University, Espoo, Finland, on November 2-3, 2017. The theme of the conference was ´Risk and Security’. Annukka presented a systems analytic approach to evaluate the sustainable use of the dioxin rich Baltic herring and salmon. Mia gave a talk on combining exploratory scenarios and Bayesian belief network to analyse the sustainability of Baltic herring and salmon fisheries.

Governance-related GOHERR research in BALEX seminar

Doctoral students Mia Pihlajamäki and Suvi Ignatius presented governance-related GOHERR research in Baltic Area Legal Studies BALEX Research Seminar that was organized in Turku, Finland on 31st of October by University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. The topic of the seminar was ‘Multiple Layers of Regulation: Focus on the Baltic Sea Region’. Mia gave a talk titled ‘Food security and safety in fisheries governance – case study on Baltic herring’. Suvi’s presentation was titled ‘Comparing values in fisheries governance: the cases of Baltic salmon and herring’.

Strong presence of GOHERR in BONUS Symposium

In the last week, scientists from several ongoing BONUS projects as well as other Baltic Sea researchers gathered to discuss how to deliver science for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea living resources. BONUS Symposium, organized in 17-19 October in Tallinn, Estonia, also involved stakeholders to address the main challenges of integrating science and policy at the regional sea level.

GOHERR project was well represented in the symposium with 10 presentations (6 oral and 4 posters) concerning the ecosystem-based adaptive management and the interdisciplinary approach needed for its successful implementation. In addition, a BONUS GOHERR short film by Alyne Delaney about the socio-cultural importance of Baltic herring had its premiere in the symposium.

For further information and book of abstracts, please visit the BONUS Symposium website.

GOHERR scientists addressed governance and socio-ecological modelling in ICES ASC 2017

GOHERR scientists Päivi Haapasaari, Annukka Lehikoinen and Mia Pihlajamäki recently introduced governance and socio-ecological modelling related GOHERR research for the international community of marine scientists in the ICES Annual Science Conference. The conference was organized in 18-21 September 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Päivi Haapasaari discussed reorganizing the governance to support ecosystem-based fisheries management by drawing from the cases of Baltic salmon and herring. Annukka Lehikoinen introduced two systems analytic approaches to evaluate the sustainable use of Baltic herring and salmon. Mia Pihlajamäki analyzed the uncertain future of Baltic salmon and herring fisheries by combining exploratory scenarios and Bayesian belief networks.

For further information and abstracts, please visit the ICES ASC 2017 website.

Ways to support decision making with scientific tools pondered in a course

Ways and reasons for utilizing decision support tools to inform decision making in environmental management were pondered last week by young scientists and doctoral students in a course organized by BONUS GOHERR in collaboration with the DENVI doctoral programme of the University of Helsinki. During the course, participants got acquainted with the theory and practice of Bayesian decision analysis and multi-criteria decision analysis. Moreover, methods for defining criteria for decision making based on environmental values were reflected. Usefulness of these tools to support participatory and collaborative decision making were illustrated by several case studies drawing from e.g. fisheries management, risks related to maritime oil transportation, ground water and land use, and maritime spatial planning. In addition to lectures, the participants practiced applying decision analysis in their own research.