Australian Marine Parks

Proceedings of a workshop at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Cairns, 20 June 2003.


Papers and Abstracts

Guest speakers were invited to provide an abstract for their presentation for distribution at the Workshop.

Some guest speakers also provided papers to support their presentation.




Guest speakers presentations may be accessed here.

Some discussion groups reported to plenary through a powerpoint presentation, and these are presented below.

About the proceedings

In 2003 Australia hosted a one-day workshop on Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) to identify the benefits, the impediments, and the potential solutions to EBM, of ocean activities at the domestic, regional and global levels.

This EBM workshop comprised the final day of the Cairns Workshop on the Governance of High Seas Biodiversity Conservation.

Workshop report

The EBM Workshop was the first time international delegates have met to specifically discuss cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional approaches to ecosystem management.

The EBM Report is a summary of the broad and wide-ranging discussions which occurred on the day.

The Report includes a brief discussion of the broad principles underlying an integrated, ecosystem-based approach to oceans management, and explores the key challenges raised by delegate’s during afternoon discussions.

Key philosophies and practices identified to facilitate the use of this approach included:

  • clearly identifying and articulating operational and management objectives
  • building capacity within and between States
  • improving cross-sectoral cross-jurisdictional and cross-institutional cooperation and coordination
  • increasing the relevance of scientific research and ensuring the science matches the objectives
  • engaging stakeholders to ensure full participation and (where relevant) co-management.

Overall, the EBM Workshop demonstrated that an integrated ecosystem-based approach is a valid and effective approach for managing human activities in the world’s oceans in order to achieve ecological sustainability.