The Community of Practice will be established in each of the pilot sites for the effective interaction with planners, regulators, and researchers relevant for MSP and MPAs. Interactions will take place in the form of workshops and focus group meetings. This is expected to facilitate exchange, build ownership and ensuring uptake of developed tools in test areas and beyond.
The pilot areas validation will increase the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) of these solutions by validating in concrete areas and thus making the solutions and gaining knowledge ready for practical use. The work will include the improvement of scientific understanding, surveying, mapping and modelling of the functioning marine ecosystems and the intensities and values of ecosystem services on different habitats (natural/human-derived) and to assess the plausible risks of human action on the studied ecosystem services and their values.
Each test site has identified required models, data, bottlenecks, and opportunities during the proposal phase. MSP4BIO will therefore be improving the test sites’ existing prioritization and management approaches and tools to optimize their output and to expand on them to include improved ecological knowledge, socio-economic, and policy coherence considerations.