Submit your abstract to the DEVOTES ECSA 55 Special Session!

We are pleased to announce that the DEVOTES is organizing a Special Session at the ECSA 55 entitled “Everyone is involved in Risk Assessment and Risk Management, so how do we achieve good status of transitional and marine waters?” 

This session addresses the risks to good status in the continuum from transitional through to coastal and offshore waters and how these are to be managed in the context of shifting boundaries and global change.

The EU and Member States have funded many research projects on the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Good Ecological Status of transitional and coastal waters should be achieved by 2015, and Good Environmental Status of marine waters by 2020. This session is an excellent and timely opportunity for the scientific community to show that the results obtained and the knowledge to support science-based management. This is fundamental to managers in taking decisions on: (i) management measures; (ii) monitoring design; (iii) assessment methodologies, and (iv) dissemination.

The topics to be covered include: assessment of ecological status in transitional and coastal waters and environmental status in marine waters; assessment of favorable conservation status in conservation areas; innovative assessment and monitoring tools; relevance and adequacy of these to the spatial and temporal boundaries in the aquatic continuum; definitions of quality elements, descriptors and indicators; methods of aggregation of indicators and assessment techniques; ability of modelling to define status and assess departures from it, etc.

This session welcomes cutting-edge contributions on implementing environmental policy in transitional and coastal waters as well as adjacent regional seas. Contributions will focus on results that support implementation of policy and legislation. A workshop will allow practitioners and stakeholders to interact with the scientists on how to use the tools that have been developed by the scientists.


You can submit your abstract to the Special Session through the online abstract submission process.

Deadline:  Friday 27th March.

Please contact A. Newton if you any questions/queries.

We look forward to seeing you in London!

M. Elliott, A. Newton, A. Borja