’18: Marine Affairs
The Working Group on Marine affairs consists of representatives from different national and regional advisory bodies which have longstanding experience on marine affairs.
Through communication and coordination, as well as the combined knowledge, expertise, and resources of its members, the working group is able to address a number of relevant issues with regard to the European seas and oceans.
The Working Group is currently Chaired by:
António Abreu Puri Canals
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The Network of European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) organized a follow-up workshop to the session held in the European Parliament on 14 November 2017.
The aim of the latest workshop was to further discuss the strengthening of the management of Marine Protected Areas, with special attention to the question how science can improve Good Environmental Status measurements, monitoring and reporting. Furthermore, the workshop delivered a set of recommendations that will be presented to the European institutions and relevant stakeholders.
The European Union has made considerable progress in developing policies for our seas and oceans. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is an example of such efforts. Furthermore, the EU committed itself to reaching the – so-called- Aichi targets that develop the UN Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. This means that – By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape.
Effective implementation of the MSFD and fulfillment of the Aichi target 11 will remain key to ensuring sustainable use of the seas. The EU should work to further deploy an ecosystem approach and emphasize ecosystem health, expressed through the concept of Good Environmental Status (GES) as stated by the MSFD. However, it seems that neither scientists nor managers of so-called Marine Protected Areas have sufficient means at their disposal for GES measurements, monitoring and reporting. This situation has a negative effect on achieving the aims of EU marine policies and therefore requires attention.
How will the workshop be conducted?
The programme was dedicated to cooperation and knowledge exchange through an interactive set-up. Workshop participants, as experts in their field, were invited to share their perspectives, ideas and knowledge.
The presentation by Prof Boero and the workshop mainline summary can be found below.
How are MPAs effectively managed and monitored? by Professor Boero
Workshop Mainline Summary
Workshop Mainline Summary.
The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) organized a workshop on the role of science in strengthening an integrated policy approach to our seas and oceans. The workshop was held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 14 November 2017, and was hosted by the office of Mr Ricardo Serrão Santos, member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries.
The workshop brought together selected scientists, policy-makers and representatives of governments and civil society at the EU, national and sub-national level. In the workshop, participants were challenged to engage in group work on three main topics:
How diverse are knowledge transfer and dialogue platforms and interfaces in Europe? What are the most effective and useful science-policy-society cooperation mechanisms and structures (especially on marine and coastal issues)? How could they be improved?
Does Europe need a common scientific agenda on marine and coastal affairs? If so, how should this agenda be formulated? Which stakeholders should have a seat at the table?
What changes should be introduced in education to be able to have scientists and professionals in the future with an integrated and ecosystem-based approach to and vision of marine and coastal management?
The programme was dedicated to cooperation and knowledge exchange through an interactive set-up. Consequently, at this workshop participants not just attended the event, but first and foremost they were expert participants.
The presentation by Prof. Thiede and Prof. Boero (EASAC) and the workshop outcome letter can be found below.
Presentation by Prof Thiede and Prof Boero, EASAC
Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas by the European Academies Science Advisory Council
Joint workshop outcome letter EEAC and EASAC
Reply to EEAC-EASAC by the European Commission