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GAP 1: Bridging the gap between science and stakeholders: Phase 1 – Common Ground
The stakeholder and scientist participants in GAP1 will initiate cooperative research by making plans to combine knowledge in future participatory research through a series of European and regional workshops.GAP1 represents phase 1 of a three-phase program that aims to explore the complementary nature of alternative knowledge and investigate how to combine it in ways that will enhance understanding and management of natural resources. Tied to knowledge, GAP1 is an evidence-based approach that uses participation as the vehicle to improving understanding on fisheries research and management issues of common concern to stakeholders, scientists and policy makers. Through initiation of cooperative research and helping build the capacity of stakeholders to engage in participatory research, GAP1 contributes towards the wider aspiration of the Science in Society program. In particular, to enhance democratic debate with a more engaged and informed public, thus providing better conditions for collective choices on scientific issues relating to sustainable management, conservation of ecosystem integrity and biodiversity of the marine environment.

GAP 2: Bridging the gap between science, stakeholders and policy makers: Phase 2 - Integration of evidence-based knowledge and its application to science and management of fisheries and the marine environment
GAP2 is about making a difference to an issue of significance to the whole of society; the wellbeing of the marine environment and the sustainability of fisheries upon which society depends for food. It builds on the relationships, processes and plans arising from GAP1 by enabling Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) actions that promote stakeholder participation in the debate on and development of research knowledge and structures relevant to emerging policy on fisheries and the marine environment. The aims are to promote and enable processes for open and effective participation of stakeholders in research and management, and demonstrate through specific examples and critical evaluation, the role and value of stakeholder driven science in the governance of fisheries and the marine environment. DTU Aqua is the case study leader of one of the selected cases of GAP2.

-13 other leading European universities and fisheries research institutions
- 5 administrative senior officers (EU and National)
-18 leading European NGO’s and Fisheries Organisations- Pelagic RAC, Baltic RAC and North Sea RAC (RAC = Regional Advisory Council)

The project is coordinated by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, UK.



  • Research area: Marine Living Resources
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