Examples of previous workshops
When in late summer 2011 a group of 15 PhD candidates from Kiel and
Bremen gathered for a workshop on the island of Sylt to find answers to
the question ‘How to protect and preserve marine biological diversity?’
it soon became clear, that there are no easy answers.
representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations and
companies provide insights in current Marine Conservation issues – but
they also presented open questions.
Stephan Lutter who is working for
WWF, Thomas Greiber (IUCN) and Henning von Nordheim from the German
conservation authority (BfN) spanned the legal framework of conservation
and illustrated the guiding principles for conservation regulations and
also, how time consuming it is to get international conventions
underway. Carmen-Pia Günther (BioConsult) on the other hand illustrated
what role conservation issues and regulations play in the day-to day
work in environmental consulting.
A recurrent topic for scientists
engaged in nature conservation are shifting baselines. Christian
Buschbaum (AWI) and Justus van Beusekom (AWI) who look at invasive
species and monitor ecological change in coastal areas highlighted the
role for natural sciences while Kathleen Schwerdtner-Máñez and Sebastian
Ferse added a social sciences perspective to the discussion by
explaining how important human communities are for conservation. How to
deal with conservation costs explained Martin Quaas and Jörn Schmidt who
took a look on fisheries from an economic point of view.
days filled with discussions and an excursion in the mud flats weren’t
enough to fully grasp all aspects of Marine Conservation, however, as
each lecturer presented the topic from a different angle and shared
personal experiences from working for conservation in NGOs,
consultancies, science, and public administration everyone was able to
draw a rather complete - even though partly sketchy – picture for
“Many different disciplines need to
work together to get a realistic overview what is best for nature and
what is working; and every area, MPAs, environmental problems etc. need
to be assessed in an appropriate way”.
gained a better understanding on the practice of Marine Conservation.
And I need a number of ideas about what I could do after the PhD, a lot
to think about in the next days…”.
A joint course of the Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS) in Kiel and the International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR) in Bremen.