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Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas

Knowledge-based Sustainable Management for Europe's Seas

Objective

Europe’s four regional seas (Baltic, Black, Mediterranean and NE Atlantic) have suffered severe environmental degradation due to human pressure. Existing measures to manage pressures have proven inadequate and the EC has responded by proposing a new policy (Maritime Strategy Blue Book) and environmental legislation (Marine Strategy Directive), both currently close to adoption. These instruments rely on the Ecosystem Approach, a management paradigm that encompasses humans and the supporting ecosystem. But the science base for this approach needs strengthening and practical tools must be developed and tested for policy implementation. In particular, criteria for assessing costs and benefits of management actions are poorly developed, particularly in the complex marine environment where multiple uses and management conflicts are common. The KnowSeas consortium will strengthen the science base for managing Europe’s seas through the practical application of systems thinking. It will work at the two scales envisaged for emergent EU policy: the Regional Sea Scale and Member State Economic Exclusive Zones (EEZs). We have developed a new approach of Decision Space Analysis to investigate mismatches of scale. Knowledge created through the FP6 European Lifestyles and Marine Ecosystems project, augmented with necessary new studies of climate effects, fisheries and maritime industries - in EEZ case studies - will provide a basis for assessing changes to natural systems and their human causes. New research will examine and model economic and social impacts of changes to ecosystem goods and services and costs and benefits of various management options available through existing and proposed policy instruments. Institutional and social analysis will determine conflicts of interest and examine governance as well as stakeholder values and perceptions. Our research will develop and test an assessment toolbox through regional liaison groups and a multisectoral Project Advisory Board.
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Coordinator

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

Address

Scottish Marine Institute
Pa37 1qa Dunbeg Oban

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 819 312,89

Administrative Contact

Tim O'higgins (Dr.)

Participants (33)

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ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 75 123

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 139 800

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 314 328,28

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 253 838

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 357 124,46

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 206 132

CTL CONSULT LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 98 670

Coastal & Marine Union

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 43 680

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM GEESTHACHT ZENTRUM FUR MATERIAL- UND KUSTENFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 330 896,75

INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 74 025

IMAR- INSTITUTO DO MAR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 63 840

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 40 862,70

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 70 324,80

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 84 972

MEGAPESCA FORMACAO PROFISSIONAL EPRESTACAO DE SERVICOS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 81 299,70

MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 25 444,80

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 68 925

SIR ALISTER HARDY FOUNDATION FOR OCEAN SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 133 773

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 364 907,60

SYDDANSK UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 215 099,60

MORSKI INSTYTUT RYBACKI - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 74 195,55

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 300 549,25

UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 188 280

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 126 340,80

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 147 096

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 203 121,60

UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 238 731,20

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 274 071,20

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

INSTITUT PO BIORAZNOOBRAZIE I EKOSISTEMNI IZSLEDVANIYA BALGARSKA AKADEMIYA NA NAUKITE

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 46 590,72

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 272 844,10

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226675

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2009

  • End date

    30 June 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 403 128,46

  • EU contribution

    € 5 764 200

Coordinated by:

THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG

United Kingdom