The 9th International conference of the AEHMS, “Health of the Marine Ecosystems of South East Asia: Towards an Integrated and Holistic Strategy” is held on December 3-5, 2007, in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The AEHMS 9th Conference will focus on Ecosystem Based Management (EBM), defined as a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way. The concept of EBM involves applying a holistic approach to aquatic resources management rather than focusing on a single species or sector in isolation. EBM may be seen, therefore, as a step towards integrated management ensuring that government and community management actions are complementary, coordinated and directed at achieving common objectives. Identification of major natural and anthropogenic driving forces affecting the ecosystem (e.g. climate changes, invasive alien species, pollution, fisheries and other aquatic resources exploitation), evaluation of their ecological consequences, and their likely impacts on resource management, products and services, are key issues in EBM.
It is the ambition of the AEHMS 9th Conference to promote and facilitate a discussion between Scientists, Managers and Users of Marine- Fresh- and Brackish Water Ecosystems on status and perspectives regarding application and regionalization of the EBM approach in South East Asia. The Conference welcomes contributions either as oral presentations or as posters from natural, economic, and social sciences as well as evaluations of case studies and policy papers relating to Ecosystem Based Management primarily within three main themes:
1. The Ecosystem Approach to Capture Fisheries Management.
2. The Ecosystem Approach in Aquaculture
3. Marine Protected Areas as a tool for Ecosystem based Management
A one day fieldtrip to Ha long Bay - the UNESCO World Natural Heritage situated in the north-east region of Vietnam, taking 4 hours by bus Hanoi.