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Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Areas (MESMA)

Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Areas (MESMA)

Objective

The increasing pressures upon the marine realm call for a well planned approach of further spatial development of this area. An ecosystem-based approach to fisheries, the increasing demand for sustainable energy, coastal defence systems, building materials and safe transport routes and the need to protect marine habitats and species all compete for the same valuable space. At the same time climate change will alter the composition and functioning of marine ecosystems, calling for a robust approach of future spatial planning that also takes cross boundary developments into account. MESMA will supply innovative methods and integrated strategies for governments, local authorities, stakeholders and other managerial bodies for planning and decision making at different local, national and European scales. This will also comprise an easy accessible information system to gain support from politicians, stakeholders and the public in general for difficult (inter)national decisions that will be needed for sustainable use and protection of this vulnerable area. This data system, containing information on the distribution of marine habitats and species, economic values and benefits and human uses and its effects will also be an interface between science, policy and decision makers.
MESMA will supply strategic tools for sustainable development of European seas and coastal areas. The major challenge is to combine an optimized use with a sustained ecosystem of high quality, taking into account ecological and economic differences. By studying and comparing different national situations and solutions from a selected number of sites throughout Europe and by determining common features and differences, including the socio-economic settings and requirements, an integrated toolbox that can be applied throughout Europe will be made available.
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Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 Pb Wageningen

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 002 808,50

Administrative Contact

Luc Van Hoof (Mr.)

Participants (21)

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 665 991

SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 237 600

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 533 550

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 552 892

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 61 848

HAVFORSKNINGSINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 547 174

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 331 622

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 243 906

FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIOA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 215 445

Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 90 432

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 398 647

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 290 685,75

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 140 894

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 402 621

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 380 637

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 141 957

VLAAMSE GEWEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 222 000

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 65 524,25

INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE BELGIQUE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 29 250

INSTYTUT OCEANOLOGII POLSKIEJ AKADEMII NAUK

Poland

STICHTING VAN HALL LARENSTEIN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 13 357,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226661

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 659 878,13

  • EU contribution

    € 6 568 842

Coordinated by:

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands