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European lifestyles and marine ecosystems

Objective

Marine ecosystems posses great intrinsic value as reserves of biological diversity and are vital providers of goods and services to humanity. However, they are often disregarded during economic and social development. Europe's four sea areas; the Baltic, NE Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea have each paid a heavy price for unsustainable development within their catchments and sea areas. Their ecosystems have suffered to differing degrees from eutrophication, chemical pollution, unsustainable fisheries and physical destruction of habitats.

This damage is closely connected with human lifestyles throughout the continent. The future integrity of marine systems depends on our approach to European development in the coming decades. Bringing marine ecosystems into policies for sustainable development requires better information on the causal connections between human pressures and the changing state of the systems. This is particularly important at a time when the European Community is expanding, re-examining its agricultural and chemical policies, implementing a new fisheries policy and exploring new ways to protect marine systems.

ELME will enhance understanding of causality, forecast the impacts of divergent development scenarios and inform evolving Community policies. Current interdisciplinary knowledge linking lifestyles with their marine environmental consequences is widely dispersed. ELME brings together a necessarily large consortium, covering all relevant disciplines and regions. It integrates existing knowledge of environmental state changes, sectoral pressures and social and economic drivers using a common conceptual model.

It will select contextual indicators for each causal level and model the relationships between them. These models will be applied to plausible development scenarios with particular focus on the accession process, to explore possible consequences for the stated four marine ecosystems. Results diffused to stakeholders.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-GLOBAL-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
Address
Drake Circus
Plymouth
United Kingdom

Participants (26)

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam
THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Pakefield Road
Lowestoft, Suffolk
UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO-EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERSITATEA
Spain
Address
Avda. Lehendakari Aguirre 83
Bilbao
INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
United Kingdom
Address
15 Queen Anne's Gate
London
STIFTUNG ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT FUR POLAR-UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Am Alten Hafen 26
Bremerhaven
UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO
Portugal
Address
Campo Universitário
Aveiro
KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
Address
Herkaus Manto 84
Klaipeda
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano, 117
Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF LECCE
Italy
Address
Viale Gallipoli 49
Lecce
UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN
Norway
Address
Museplass 1
Bergen
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
Stockholm
SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS
Finland
Address
Mechelininkatu 34A
Helsinki
POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA
Poland
Address
G. Narutowicza 11/12
Gdansk
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE
Germany
Address
Seestrasse 15
Rostock
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
Address
Cottingham Road
Hull
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
Address
47 Km Athens-sounio Ave
Anavissos Attica
INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Parvi Maj Str No 40
Varna
INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK
Poland
Address
Ul. Powstancow Warszawy 55
Sopot
FUNDACIÓN AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIO A
Spain
Address
Txatxarramendiugartea. Z/g
Sukarrieta
MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
United Kingdom
Address
Citadel Hill
Plymouth
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE MARINA
Romania
Address
300 Mamaia Bd.
Constanta
NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Burton Street
Nottingham
MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI
Poland
Address
Kollataja 1
Gdynia
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
Address
Claverton Down
Bath
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Address
Via Viii Febbraio, 2
Padova