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European lifestyles and marine ecosystems

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.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

Address

Drake Circus
Plymouth

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Laurence MEE (Prof.)

Participants (26)

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VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS ACTING THROUGH CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCE

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO-EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERSITATEA

Spain

INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

United Kingdom

STIFTUNG ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT FUR POLAR-UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF LECCE

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF BERGEN

Norway

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA

Poland

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

INSTITUT FUER OSTSEEFORSCHUNG WARNEMUENDE

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF HULL

United Kingdom

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

FUNDACIÓN AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIO A

Spain

MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

United Kingdom

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE MARINA

Romania

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 505576

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    30 April 2007

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 976 439

  • EU contribution

    € 2 332 775

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom