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The science-policy nexus in environment and resources governance

INOS Seminar Series
Invitation Lecture on the Implementation of an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in Malaysia: Status, challenges and policy recommendations for the way forward

31 October 2017
Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS), University Malaysia Terengganu

Increased understanding of the interactions among different marine ecosystem components such as fish, people, habitats, and climate has led to the recognition and adoption of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI). EAFM extends beyond fish in the seas and people in boats to a marine environment that includes coral reefs and mangroves, and human activities covering fishers, fishing communities, and coastal development.

Target 1 of Goal 2 under CTI stresses on EAFM implementation through the adoption and implementation of strong legislative, policy, and regulatory frameworks. While Malaysia has generally been proactive in integrating EAFM into the country’s natural resource regime beginning with initiatives in Sabah, progress is still underway in incorporating the required changes into national policies and regulations. The experience also shows that EAFM can be scaled up from existing pilot sites or localised management to a broader implementation phase.

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Cheryl Rita shared her perspectives on the subject

Although EAFM is generally seen as the responsibility of fishery agencies, its full implementation at the national level requires coordination and cooperation among multiple agencies and stakeholders responsible for managing related activities that impact the marine ecosystem.

Some of the above points were raised by Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment MIMA during a lecture at INOS. She also shared her views and perspectives on some of the major challenges in adopting and enforcing an effective integrated approach on environmental and resources management.

Discussions also centred on the need to formulate an effective science-policy nexus for governance purposes. Amongst others, Cheryl emphasised that successful EAFM initiatives in Malaysia can be based on studying the dynamics of marine ecosystems, developing indices of ecosystem health, and setting management targets.

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Faculty members and students at the programme

Pics courtesy of INOS http://inos.umt.edu.my/?lang=en

MIMA hopes to continue with the mutual partnerships and collaborations with local academe and research institutions on related areas. 

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