Indeco Work Programme

This two year FP6 Coordinated Action project is undertaken by a consortium of 20 research organisations from 11 EU Member States. The work has been organised in nine different work packages, some of more limited scope than others. While the first WP focuses on the policy interface and evaluation of indicators emerging from the project, the following five WPs aim to produce suggestions of indicators, as well as models to underpin some of them. Two annual conferences are themselves separate WPs, and finally the co-ordination of the project forms WP 9. WPs 2-6 can almost be considered mini-coordination actions, bringing together expertise in particular areas, and the work will take place parallel in time. The overall co-ordination and the efforts to link this work to the policy framework will therefore be essential for the project to fulfil its objectives.

WP1 - Institutional framework - linking indicators to management and policy objectives

Lead Contractor: IEEP
Description: Focusing on the policy framework/-s where the indicators will be used, the usefulness of indicators as a tool, constraints and possibilities. Throughout the project, it will also evaluate the usefulness of indicators suggested by the other WPs through consultation with the advisory User Group. Relevance in relation to management objectives, data constraints and costs involved will be among the factors considered in the evaluation process.

WP2 - Population indicators

Lead Contractor: Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research
Description: Exploring potential indicators on population level, focusing on sensitive species such as marine mammals and seabirds.

WP3 - Community & habitat indicators

Lead Contractor: Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research
Description: Focusing on community indicators, including trophic interactions

WP4 - Ecosystem indicators

Lead Contractor: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Venice
Description: Looking at indicators on ecosystem state and function.

WP5 - Applying modelling methods to identify information rich ecosystem indicators and demonstrate how to use them

Lead Contractor: Renewable Resources Assessment Group, Imperial College
Description: Review existing models available, and in the later phases look at specific indicators proposed by WP 2-4.

WP6 - Social & economic indicators

Lead Contractor:Institute for Fisheries Management and Coastal Community Development
Description: Develop socio-economic indicators to provide feed-back on management objectives in those areas.

WP7 - 1st Annual Conference

Lead Contractor: Sea Fisheries Institute, Poland

WP8 - 2nd Annual Conference

Lead Contractor: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

WP9: Project management

Lead Contractor: Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
Description: Consortium management activities, co-ordination of the work and dissemination of results

In general terms, the work under WPs 2, 3, 4 and 6 are organised as follows:

  1. A review of each area, identifying possibilities and constraints will be carried out by the leading institute/organisation.
  2. Each 'twinning partner' has a shared responsibility for the research and is expected to peer-review, give feedback, and co-operate more closely with the WP leader.
  3. Three subgroup meetings will be organised during the course of the project to discuss results, as well as constraints, with the wider group. Joint meetings are planned for work packages 2 to 4 to facilitate exchange between them. The lead of WP 5 will also be participating in these meetings to ensure proper links with the modelling work.
  4. Results of all work will be presented and discussed at the annual conferences, Month 9 & 16.
  5. After the first conference, the work will focus more on modelling, data availability and data collection issues.

The WP reviews should each lead to the production of at least one peer reviewed paper covering each area. The results will be discussed during the conferences, and disseminated on a sub-section of the IEEP website, in the annual reports and in a final report, which will also be available on CD-ROM.