Work Group 3: Linking science with policy and best practice

REDCAFE identified that research must first identify the true nature of cormorant-fisheries conflicts and then look to the most appropriate solutions. The overall aim of WG3 is thus to promote links between the biological and social science communities, local stakeholders, economists and policy advisors to better understand the role of socio-cultural issues in conflicts, their management within legal frameworks, and efforts towards their resolution. These links will be forged through the interdisciplinary investigation of a series of conflict case studies chosen to be representative of cormorant-fisheries conflicts across Europe.

Case study selection will take into account various factors: for example, geographic location, habitat types, stakeholder groups, fishery type, and current and potential mitigation actions. Case studies will be investigated through Workshops that concentrate on issues operating at two spatial scales. First, local stakeholders will provide key site-specific inputs providing ecological, social, economic and policy contexts. Second, input from other participants, particularly ecologists (for example, through direct input from WG1) and policy makers, will enable all to appreciate the specific case study in both national and international contexts. Thus, Workshops will enable all participants to take a ‘holistic’ view of specific case studies.

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