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Spatial planning in the Dutch North Sea: MPAs, wind farms and the effects on the ecosystem.

When

Thursday, 7th of August 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs

location
Building 32 Room #114 (Please take note that there is a change in the room for this week seminar, and it consequently cannot be recorded or video-linked to UQ, sorry about the inconvenience).
Presenter
Prof Han Lindeboom, Dutch Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES) and Wageningen University, Netherlands
Prof Han Lindeboom, Dutch Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES) and Wageningen University, Netherlands

Abstract:  Already for almost 25 years, The Netherlands has been talking about the creation of Marine Protected Areas in the open North Sea, but so far no real protective measures have been taken. What are the plans, what needs protection, what will be the effects and why is nothing happening? A major problem seems to be the discrepancies between ecological necessities, legal possibilities and political priorities. What can we learn from Australia? And now the Dutch and their neighbours started to build large Offshore Wind Farms in the North Sea. Our research has shown that OWFs do change the local environment. Importantly, these changes are across all ecosystem components and some can be regarded as (potentially) negative, e.g. avoidance and collisions of birds and some (potentially) positive, e.g. increased biodiversity and local fish populations. But what are the cumulative effects and can OWFs be combined with MPAs?

Biography: Han Lindeboom is Director of Science of the Dutch Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES) and professor in Marine Ecology at Wageningen University. He is coordinator of the research programme in a large Dutch offshore wind farm and involved in the long-term debate on MPAs.

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