WP6 – Identification of spatial and temporal potentials and limitations for the integration of fisheries, aquaculture and other activities in the coastal areas (through stakeholder consultation)

Responsible: Erik Olsen IMR, Norway


• through a stakeholder process identify spatial management goals for the project case studies;

• apply state of the art stakeholder involved spatial use and trade-off analyses based on a natural capital approach, using open-source tools such as InVEST to identify optimal (best compromise) spatial area allocation;

• develop maps for scenarios on integrating human activities in the coastal zone, including social indicators and ecosystem-impacts.

The main goal of WP6 will be to synthesize key results, specifically the identification of spatial and temporal potential and limitations for the integration of fisheries and aquaculture in the coastal areas. WP6 will evaluate possible scenarios taking into account the results produced by WPs 3-5, as well as the stakeholder consultation. Maps of spatial management scenarios may also include in the next future a new module for social indicators. Broadly, we aim to follow the approaches of Arkema et al. (2014) and Arkema (in press) for conducting a stakeholder involved trade-off analysis of spatial management options for the various case studies using freely available computer tools like Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST, see: http://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/InVEST.html) (Nelson et al., 2009).

The InVEST approach is based on stakeholder involvement, both for scoping the management question(s) and for interpreting the model results. Various InVEST models templates exist to be customized to the specific requirements of each case study area. The InVEST models combine biophysical and economic models of a study areas to run a range of future management scenarios developed through stakeholder interactions at workshops and correspondence. The models will yield maps of interactions in addition to trade-off curves and balance sheets between fisheries and aquaculture, as well as monetary values of the different scenarios. The maps, trade-off curves and balance sheets and associated monetary value of the various scenarios will be presented to and discussed with stakeholders to give guidance on which scenario options should be prioritized in future management.