The central goals of this symposium, held at FAO, Rome, 8-11 July 2008 were to share experiences across disciplines and to identify key next steps and common elements and approaches that promote resilience of marine social-ecological systems in the face of global changes. Which involved:

  • exploring conceptual issues relating to social-ecological responses in marine systems to global changes;
  • analysing case studies of specific examples of social-ecological responses in marine systems to significant environmental changes manifested locally;
  • synthesizing the work of natural and social scientists and building comparisons of social-ecological responses in marine ecosystems subjected to major environmental variability;
  • developing innovative approaches to the use of science and knowledge in management, policy and advice;
  • identifying lessons for governance for building resilient social-ecological systems.

Follow the links below to the presentations and posters from the symposium.


symposium website