The Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Marine Working Groups of the European Network of Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), presented their joint letter on the ‘Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans’ on the 29th of January 2018.
The letter includes recommendations on – amongst others – the need for an integrated scientific approach to our oceans and seas; the need to increase ‘marine literacy’ among EU citizens: ‘no green without blue’, and the need for strengthened political support for successful and complete implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
Furthermore, the letter calls upon the Members of the European Parliament to: Support the establishment of a European Marine University; to organize a European Year of the Oceans and Seas; to make sure that political support goes beyond policy-making and to support more research in order to develop knowledge on the potential for ecologically efficient aquaculture and the potential for the harvesting of species groups from lower trophic levels.
The letter also includes the main outcomes of the workshop ‘The Role of Science in Strengthening an Integrated Policy Approach to our Seas and Oceans’, which was organized by EEAC and EASAC in November 2017.
Click here to read the outcome document.
The EEAC Network will act as an observer to the European Commission its high level multi-stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as of 10 January 2018.
the EEAC Network – as an observer– will do its utmost best to serve as a liaison between the endeavour to promote sustainable development at European level and getting civil society and the scientific community engaged in implementing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at national and subnational level.
The EEAC Network also aims to contribute to the vertical interlinking of stakeholders, from the European to the national and regional level. EEAC’s role as an observer provides the national and regional advisory councils for sustainable development with relevant and up-to-date information regarding sustainable development at European level. This information can be integrated in the advisory work of the national and subnational councils, ensuring that endeavours to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development between European and national and regional stakeholders are better aligned.
On Behalf of the EEAC Network Arnau Queralt Bassa (EEAC Chairman, and Co-Chair of the EEAC WG on Sustainable Development red.) and Dr. Gábor Bartus (Co-Chair EEAC WG on Sustainable Development, red) will fulfill the role as observers. Both are deeply dedicated to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.