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.


Importance of Baltic salmon and herring discussed in Helsinki International Boat show

Social and cultural values related to Baltic salmon and herring and their use were discussed in a public event that took place on 16th of February in the Loki café organized by John Nurminen Foundation in the Helsinki International Boat show. Young BONUS scientist, doctoral student Suvi Ignatius addressed different perceptions and value conflicts related to the use and management of these species drawing from her ongoing research in BONUS GOHERR project. The presentation was titled “Disputed noble fish and underrated keystone species”.

Course in Decision Analysis for Environmental Management

BONUS GOHERR will organise a course in decision analysis for environmental management in collaboration with the DENVI doctoral programme of the University of Helsinki (Doctoral programme in interdisciplinary environmental sciences). The course is intended for young BONUS scientists and doctoral students in DENVI. It will take place on 13-17 February 2017 in Helsinki.

Further information in BONUS projects webpage.

GOHERR research presented in ICES ASC 2016 and EurSAFE 2016

Doctoral students Mia Pihlajamäki and Suvi Ignatius presented ongoing BONUS GOHERR research in two European science events: The ICES Annual Science Conference 2016 and the EurSAFE 2016 Congress.

The ICES Annual Science Conference was organized in 19 – 23 September 2016 in Riga, Latvia. Suvi and Mia presented their work in theme session R, which focused on integration of humanities and social sciences into marine ecosystem management. Mia gave a talk on futures for the use of Baltic herring catch in 2040 and Suvi introduced justification theory to explore socio-cultural values related to fish and fisheries through Baltic salmon and herring cases.

The 13th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, EurSAFE 2016, took place in 28 September – 1 October at the University of Porto, Portugal. The Congress focused on food futures, ethics, science and culture. Suvi addressed socio-cultural values in the use and management of Baltic herring and Mia gave a presentation on the contribution of Baltic herring fisheries to food security and safety.