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Insights from MSEAS 2024 on Co-Production of Knowledge and Participatory Approaches

Between June 3rd and 7th, our team member Charis Chalkiadakis (HUA) had the privilege of attending the highly significant MSEAS 2024 Symposium in Yokohama, Japan. The event focused on the sustainable management of the Earth’s marine and coastal systems, exploring the challenges and solutions for supporting growth in the blue economy while ensuring sustainable social, economic, and environmental outcomes. It also served as a vibrant knowledge exchange hub, with key discussions on fisheries management, aquaculture systems, and participatory processes that foster learning and trust among stakeholders. This event provided an excellent platform for BIOTRAILS to gain insights on the integration of models for marine space management.

At MSEAS 2024, Annette Breckwoldt delivered a compelling talk on the co-production of knowledge, participatory approaches, and stakeholder engagement, emphasising the power of transdisciplinary learning processes. This approach is integral to BIOTRAILS’ mission to drive the Nexus dialogue by actively engaging communities of stakeholders along the production-consumption chains and the biodiversity-climate-society agendas. 

Case Study Highlight: Mediterranean Aquaculture and Fisheries

These insights are particularly relevant to our ongoing case study on aquaculture and fisheries in the Mediterranean basin. The region faces significant challenges, including the high demand for fish products, illegal and unregulated fishing, and environmental impacts from trade and transportation.

During his presentation, Charis highlighted the importance of capturing both the socio-economic and environmental aspects throughout this path or the transfer mechanism to fully acknowledge the biodiversity impact on marine systems. “The value generated from seafood resources is affected by environmental and socio-economic attributes hidden along the supply chain”. By leveraging participatory approaches and transdisciplinary learning, we aim to develop sustainable practices and policies that address these complex issues and, in parallel, maximise our impact within a broader community. 

 

BIOTRAILS is committed to integrating the lessons from MSEAS 2024 into our ongoing efforts.  The insights gained from Yokohama will undoubtedly enhance our efforts to promote sustainable and resilient marine ecosystems through the BIOTRAILS project. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress and upcoming activities!