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Coordination action in support of the implementation of the Joint Programming Initiative on 'Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans'

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CSA Oceans 2 (Coordination action in support of the implementation of the Joint Programming Initiative on 'Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans')

Reporting period: 2016-02-01 to 2017-07-31

Joint Programming is one of the five initiatives adopted by European Commission and the Council to support the further progress and development of the European Research Area (ERA). Currently there are 10 JPIs, among them the Joint Programming Initiative” Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans” (JPI Oceans).

The general aim of the CSA Oceans 2 project is, to facilitate and support the implementation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans. To achieve this goal the project has been organised in five work packages:
- WP1 deals with the management of the project and will allow the project to link closely with the JPI Oceans structures (Management Board (MB), the Executive Committee, Strategic Advisory Board (STAB) and the JPI Oceans Secretariat)
- WP2 deals with the implementation of joint activities and will facilitate the organisation of these activities, it will guide the member countries in identifying and selecting the best fit for purpose (new) tools and provide a framework for evaluating, assessing and monitoring of the actions
- WP3 aims at establishing and strengthening the links between JPI Oceans and different types of relevant actors (RFOs, Ministries, RPOs, industry, outside EU partners) in the field of marine and maritime sciences in supporting the implementation of JPI Oceans agreed actions and cross-cutting issues
- WP4 will support the implementation of the SRIA through thematic foresight mechanisms and will design a process for JPI Oceans to update its SRIA, Implementation Plan and Operational plan.
- WP5 will deliver the necessary tools for the information management as well as outreach and dissemination of CSA Oceans 2 project and JPI Oceans' activities.
"Several activities have been performed from the start of the project on 1 February 2016 to support the implementation phase of JPI Oceans.

Three scoping workshops have been supported for the joint actions ""Ecosystem goods and services"", ""Cumulative effects of human activities"" and ""Integrated Assessment of new pollutants"". At these workshops the state of the art, as well as, gaps in the research domain were discussed. The outcomes of these workshops are a position paper or roadmap for each of the joint action which also includes what type of activity should be developed in the frame of JPI. These papers will be discussed at the MB in fall 2017 and it will be decided what the next step in the joint action will be.

A workshop was held in Brest, France in October 2016, alongside the Seatech 2016 meeting with research performing organisations (ocean observation technicians), the Metrology institutes and some industry representatives to support the joint action in the field of observation equipment intercalibration. Based on the results of this workshop the lead country (Greece) and participants are working on scoping the detail of the next steps of the action and these will be presented during the second half of 2017 to the MB.

Procedures for the evaluation and monitoring of policy and structuring actions of JPI Oceans have been developed in the first reporting period. These procedures will be applied to some actions in the second half of the project.

In order to further develop and maintain fruitful relationships, ensuring connectivity, visibility and exploiting synergies, between JPI Oceans and the different relevant actors in the field of marine and maritime sciences several interactions/engagements has taken place during the first half of the project.

Visits have been organised to JPI Oceans member countries in order to improve understanding of JPI Oceans and help mobilise in-country support at national levels. The first countries visited were France and Spain. Several meetings took place with other P2P initiatives (BONUS, MarTERA, COFASP, MarinBiotechnology, JPI Climate, FACCE, HDHL) to look at possible synergies and develop common activities.

To raise awareness of JPI Oceans and to explore areas of mutual interest partners of the project also participated in several meetings of RPO organisations such as EUROGOOS, European Marine Board or EuroMarine.

In order to increase the participation of private partners into JPI Oceans joint actions a background analysis of engagement methodologies and tools and a screening of JPI Oceans Actions to explore feasibility of this interaction have been performed. Specific suggestions will be developed on what JPI Oceans can offer to industry so as to get their engagement and interest, looking also at innovative solutions for ensuring continuous private stakeholders’ involvement. In parallel a workshop as part of the side events for the European Maritime Day in May 2017 in Poole (UK) was organised. The aim was to encourage experts from different industries to break the “silo mentality” and to identify cross-cutting technology-related challenges, exchange good practice and propose appropriate PPP-based activities to address them.

The 'JPI Oceans International Statement' was developed which sets out in detail the rationale and principles of why JPI Oceans should engage internationally, the objectives and modalities. Direct engagements took place within this first reporting period with international partners in bilateral context with countries such as US, Canada, Brazil, India, New Zealand and others and in multilateral context with organisations such as G7, IOC (UNESCO), Belmont Forum.

CSA Oceans 2 partners organised a joint forward-looking seminar with the OECD entitled “The Future of the Maritime Economy”, held in Brussels on 4 October 2016 as well as a future-oriented JPI Oceans Management Board and Strategic Advisory Board workshop the following day with the aim to d"
The project will provide JPI Oceans with support in implementing its SRIA. It provides a frame for developing, evaluating and monitoring joint actions. It also allows the preparation and development of new actions. It will also further enlarge and sustain the relationships between JPI Oceans and key partner organisations (RFOs and Ministries, RPOs, International partners, industry and stakeholders). Through this support to JPI Oceans the project will help in creating synergies between member states' marine research programmes and support cross cutting issues such as infrastructure sharing. This will also allow to contribute to implementing key marine and maritime policies (MSFD etc).
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