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INDECO Informe resumido

Project ID: 513754
Financiado con arreglo a: FP6-POLICIES
País: United Kingdom

Final Report Summary - INDECO (Developing indicators of environmental performance of the common fisheries policy)

The principal objectives of the project INDECO were:
1. to identify quantitative indicators for the impact of fishing on the ecosystem state, functioning and dynamics, as well as indicators for socio-economic factors and for the effectiveness of different management measures;
2. to assess the applicability of such indicators; and
3. to develop operational models with a view to establishing the relationship between environmental conditions and fishing activities.

The introduction of ecosystem considerations in the management process is now a requirement in the European Union. Together with other developments at an international level, this is creating increasing pressure first to understand and then to manage the relationships between fishing activities and ecosystems, as well as finding ways to measure the effectiveness of different management approaches. This, in turn, will allow management strategies to be adapted accordingly. Well-designed indicators are a recognised tool to help assess progress towards policy objectives, as well as to provide a basis for adjusting policies and communicating with stakeholders. Ultimately, the use of indicators should promote action to improve management systems in pursuit of policy goals and objectives. Substantial efforts have been already been made internationally to develop fisheries / environment indicators. While many different indicators have been proposed, very few have been tested systematically or have been put into use.

The purpose of this coordination action was to ensure a coherent development of indicators at the European Union level, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of different organisations and individuals.

INDECO was directly related to the state of the art on fisheries / environment indicators at the European and international level and this was evident from the research undertaken by Work packages (WPs) 2-6 with WP 1 providing the policy context for most efforts during the two years of the project. There were some variations to the project plan during years 1 and 2, which were based on expert advice from AUG members as well as indicator developments, external to INDECO. The two conferences which benefited from input from external experts and the project coordination meetings provided opportunities for critical review and discussions during the life of the project which led to the successful completion of the 24 deliverables.

Despite these achievements, there are a number of issues which should be noted:
- WP leaders faced their own challenges with the lack of engagement of some partners in their research activities during both years. This was despite attempts to organise coordination meetings and regular e-mail and telephone contact. Various strategies were used to ensure engagement, led by WP leaders and the project coordinator and these proved to be successful in a number of instances.
- There were often delays in the delivery of the reports and milestones, but regular contact between work package leaders with the project coordinator and the commission alleviated technical problems which may have occurred as a result.
- The involvement of external peer reviews was limited to a few committed individuals. While the members of the AUG committed themselves to active involvement at the beginning of the project, it was difficult to maintain a high level of engagement due to their individual financial and professional constraints.

The project was structured into eight work packages, as follows:

WP 1: Institutional framework - linking indicators to management and policy objectives
The objectives of this work package were to ensure that the indicators identified in the project were suitable for measuring the effectiveness of the management framework. Other objectives included the identification and evaluation of policy changes needed to implement the use of indicators as well as the identification of gaps and weaknesses in the policy framework in relation to the use of indicators.

WPs 2, 3 and 4
The overall objectives for WPs 2, 3 and 4 were to review existing indicators, develop new indicators and objective of each of these deliverables was to provide a review of the available indicators at the levels of population, community and ecosystem respectively.

WP 5
The objective of WP5 was to review and identify conceptual and quantitative modelling methods that could incorporate the most informative indicators of the status of ecosystems that are impacted by fishing activities. A key objective of WP 5 was to make recommendation on the future application and research of indicators that may offer a basis to assess the CFP.

WP 6
The objectives of WP 6 were to review and analyse the utility of socio-economic indicators in fisheries management with reference to the impact on the environment. On the basis of this strategic review and the comparative case studies, (North Sea and Mediterranean), and a thorough understanding of the usage of socio-economic indicators, WP 6 was expected to identify the critical gaps and make recommendations for development of appropriate methods and their application. A key aspect of the work was to broaden the perspective on socio-economic analysis into the key domains of policy development and institutional change (with reference to fisheries management systems), and how appropriate stakeholder participation and feedback might bring this about.

WP 7 - First annual conference
The objective of WP7 was to organise the 1st annual conference for INDECO, in cooperation with IEEP.

WP 8 - Second annual conference
The objective of WP7 was to organise the first annual conference for INDECO, in cooperation with IEEP.

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