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ICES/UNECE Working meeting on management tools and standards in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ''Life below water''

9 - 12 October 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

The meeting will showcase scientific and technical research on the effectiveness of existing regulatory measures, including both cross-sectoral and sector-specific approaches, for the achievement of the SDG 14 goal and its targets. Particular emphasis will be given to operational activities and ways to operationalize ecosystem-based management.

Who will participate?

The meeting will bring together stakeholders as well as experts from different disciplines, including regulatory authorities, policy-makers, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, and academia. It is a unique opportunity for managers, policy developers and researchers to review state of the art risk management approaches and ecosystem approaches and apply them within the context of regulatory measures and voluntary standardization.

What are the Working meeting objectives?

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • identify key risks related to marine resources, especially in relation to lives and livelihoods
  • assess current sector-specific regulatory frameworks and their effectiveness for conservation and sustainability strategies;
  • single out areas where  improved technical knowledge and research are needed to support sector-specific technical regulatory measures to achieve the targets of the SDG 14;
  • develop specific proposals for the application of risk management processes to regulatory frameworks as well as standards, and codes of good practice 

Expected outcome of the Working meeting

The meeting will elaborate recommendations for ICES as to the type of scientific and technical advice needed for technical measures and for UNECE as to the use of risk management processes and institutional support needed to improve regulatory frameworks to achieve SDG14 targets.


The meeting is structured along four theme sessions. 

The theme sessions are as follows:

  • Linking the sector-specific measures and practices with conservation measures within an ecosystem-based approach needed to achieve SDG 14 targets​
  • The use of Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Key Risk Indicators (KRI) and Key Control Indicators (KCI) to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the management systems to achieve SDG 14 targets​
  • The role of governance, policy and stakeholder in establishing the risk management context and risk tolerances for technical measures in regulatory approaches to achieve SDG 14 targets​
  • The role of scientific and technical advisory processes in risk-based regulatory decision-making to ensure the independence of the advice​


Keynote papers authors will set the stage for a structured discussion based on questions that will facilitate interaction among stakeholders.

Each session will end with a cross-disciplinary panel of policy experts, managers, regulators, scientists, and technical experts that will formulate recommendations from the lessons learned during the session.

For more information and registrations, please refer to the Working meeting Website