7th EA Workshop on Value and Valuation (2022)

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The 7th EA workshop will convene in 2022 with focus on element No. 5 of the EA framework: Value the cultural, social, and economic goods and services produced by the ecosystem.

The rationale and overall objective is to identify, understand and find ways to benefit from the diverse systems of values and valuation of nature in the shared ecosystems of an increasingly connected Arctic.

  • Explore the relation between the fundament of cultural and social values and the issue of valuation of ecosystem goods and services.
  • Consider the compatibility and approaches to deal with monetary and other non-monetary values (e.g. cultural and spiritual).
  • Identify next steps for work on the element of valuation in the Ecosystem Approach framework.

Leads: Norway and the United States in close collaboration with the EA expert group

Registration:

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Background:

The Joint Ecosystem Approach (EA) Expert Group (EA-EG) has held 6 workshops in 2011-2018 on various aspects of development of EA to the management of Arctic marine ecosystems and two international conferences on EA implementation in the Arctic (Fairbanks, Alaska, August 2016, and Bergen, Norway, June 2019). To guide the development and implementation of the EA to Arctic marine ecosystems, the joint EA-EG prepared an EA framework that was used as a basis for the report ‘Status of Implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Arctic’ in 2017, and ‘Guidelines for Implementing an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Arctic Marine Ecosystems’ that were welcomed by Arctic Council ministers in Rovaniemi in May 2019.

Value the cultural, social and economic goods and services produced by the ecosystem’ is one of the six elements of the EA framework (see also background paper). There has been limited work done so far by the EA-EG on this element. Taking the full economic picture of human developments into account, including the downside in the form of costs associated with environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, is an important part of what has been called ‘greening of the economy’. On the other hand, there are spiritual (religious) and cultural values that perhaps should not be equated with money, but which nevertheless need to be brought into the ‘equation’ when options for future development are considered.

The basic value systems may differ substantially between Indigenous Peoples and ‘western’ societies, which needs to be recognized up front. There is a relation between the basic values you hold as a society, and the way you go about valuing the ecosystem. If the ecosystem is your ‘home’ or your ‘garden’, and if you depend on it through subsistence harvest for nutritional, cultural, and spiritual well-being, you are likely to value ‘ecosystem goods and services’ in a different manner from those who regard nature as a commodity to be used for economic development.

At the workshop we aim to explore the relationship between value systems and the issue of valuation to provide a better understanding of the fundament for the further work on this element. We will explore options for valuation of ecosystem goods and services by examining approaches and methods that have been proposed or used elsewhere, both nationally and internationally. Based on this, the workshop will consider next steps regarding this element to strengthen the effective implementation of EA in the Arctic.

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EA Workshops
7th EA Workshop (2022)

The 7th EA workshop will convene in 2022 with focus on element No. 5 of the EA framework: Value the cultural, social, and economic goods and services produced by the ecosystem.

6th EA Workshop (2018)

The 6th EA Workshop on Ecosystem Approach Guidelines and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment, co-sponsored by the Joint Ecosystem Approach Expert Group (PAME, AMAP, CAFF, SDWG) and the ICES was held 9-11 January 2018 in Seattle, WA, USA.

5th EA Workshop (2015)

Arctic Council - PAME, CAFF, AMAP, SDWG – Ecosystem Approach Expert Group Fifth Ecosystem Approach Workshop: Methodology and status of development of ecological (quality) objectives for Arctic Large Marine Ecosystems.


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