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.