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Mundus Maris

Mundus maris is an international non-profit association which aims to promote sustainability in the use of marine resources through sciences and arts. Its recent activities have mostly focused on using the creative energy of younger generations to stimulate a reflection in different schools of the EU and overseas around the issue of the sustainable use of marine resources. Its next exhibition ‘SeeArt” will take place in Hilden, Germany, from the 26 June to 17 July 2011 and will showcase paintings, photographs and other graphical works by young people from 10 countries on themes relevant to Mundus maris objectives. This represents an interesting initiative to engage young people in the key challenge of sustainable resource use through the use of science and art. 

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PISCES: LIFE project looks into Axis 4 case study

PISCES (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem), a LIFE project previously mentionned on our website is looking into initiatives promoting sustainable fisheries management in the Celtic Sea, and beyond...

Amongst several case studies, PISCES produced a video documentary of the initiative carried by the Marco Polo association which is supporting artisanal fishermen from the Saint-Raphael region of France to develop a pesca tourism initiative. This initiative, called Pescatourisme 83, has been selected by the FLAG Var to receive Axis 4 support; further details about this project can be found in our project factsheet series, where its context, goals and details are described.

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OURCOAST: promoting Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Europe

OURCOAST is a three-year project commissioned by the Directorate General (DG) Environment of the European Commission to support and ensure the exchange of experiences and best practices in coastal planning and management.

 

 

Public consultation on future EU co-financing of the Natura 2000 Network

Axis 4 provides opportunities for FLAGs to promote environmental projects dedicated to the sustainable management of resources and improving of the quality of the environment. FLAGs are therefore particularly relevant "operational units" when it comes to bringing together different stakeholders and users of coastal and marine protected areas such as those covered by the Natura 2000 network.

Prior to issuing a Communication on financing Natura 2000, foreseen for mid 2011, the European Commission has launched an online public consultation in order to gather the views of different stakeholders on the adequacy of Natura 2000 integrated financing mechanisms and identify ways to enhance their success.

The consultation is addressed to public authorities, the private sector, environmental stakeholders and interested citizens in general and will be closed on the 17th of February 2011.

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Women as key “innovators” in fisheries areas

Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, highlights the role of women as “key innovators in fisheries areas, “contributing enormously to efforts to diversify and add-value to the work of fishing communities.”Addressing a hearing in the European Parliament on 1 December 2010 on "Women and the sustainable development of fisheries areas", Commissioner Damanaki emphasised that this was precisely what Axis 4 of the EFF aimed to support and she encouraged women and women's organisations “to get involved in local partnerships” and to “make use of funds to add value to local fisheries products or to start businesses in sectors such as tourism, food or renewable energy.”

Over 100,000 women are already employed in the fisheries sector in the EU, but the Commissioner warned that many women were not officially registered and their role was often confined to low grade, unskilled tasks, with limited access to decision-making. To tackle these issues, she highlighted the need for better representation of women in decision making processes, and for improved networking and exchange at local, regional, national and European level.

Sweden - Lake Vänern added to UNESCO's biosphere network

Lake Vänern is an inland area around which one of the 14 Swedish FLAGs has been set up.

Together with the nearby mount Kinekulle, the lake is now part of the second biosphere reserve opened in September 2010. This initiative was born out of the substantial work that went into the award-winning LIFE+ Nature project (LIFE02 NAT/S/008484). The United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organisation announced earlier in the year that it was adding the roughly 100-square-kilometre “Vänerkulle” site to its network of biosphere reserves. A statement by the UNESCO advisory committee acknowled the “importance of the site in terms of its rich biological diversity

 

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AquaTT and “COEXIST”: planning interactions in coastal waters

 

COEXIST is a multidisciplinary project carried under the 7th Framework Project and facilitated by AquaTT, an international foundation which provides project management and training services to support the sustainable development of Europe's aquatic resources...

"Ocean of tomorrow 2011": €45m for EU research projects focusing on innovative and sustainable maritime activities

On September 9th 2010, the European Commission presented the details of its €45 million investment in research projects on maritime activities.

“The ocean of tomorrow 2011” call for research proposals invites funding bids from projects proposing innovative, forward-looking and sustainable approaches to promote “blue growth” and develop the economic potential of European coastlines, seas and oceans.

Commissioners Geoghegan-Quinn and Damanaki said: “Oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. They are key to our ecosystem. But they are also key to our current and future economy and we need ‘smart seas’ to help us meet the challenge of creating sustainable jobs and growth in the 21st century. Selecting the best proposals from this call will help Europe move forward in areas like offshore energy and ‘blue biotechnologies’.”

“The ocean of tomorrow 2011” call was launched on 20 July 2010. It shows how the EU’s funding programme for research can address global issues in an interdisciplinary way. The projects selected will be funded by several funding themes.

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Atlantic Ocean Communication: Consultation

Atlantic Ocean Consultation WebsiteThe European Commission is currently reflecting on the possible content for a Communication on the Atlantic Ocean. The exercise aims to identify the main challenges faced by the Atlantic area and whether there is added value in developing a specific strategic approach to this marine basin.

Examples of such challenges that might be tackled by an Integrated Maritime Policy for the Atlantic area have been proposed in a Commission non-paper. These include, amongst others, the potential to create transnational coherence through, for example, more clustering synergies and economies of scale; more effective cross border cooperation to deal with environmental hazards and disasters; and a more coherent vision on maritime governance.

The consultation is open until the 15th October. For more information, or to offer your views by completing the Commission´s questionnaire, click here.

 

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Canned and Paté goose barnacles launched by Galician company

Galican barnaclesFrom October, not only will people be able to purchase fresh Galician goose barnacles from markets, but also a canned and paté version. The new products will be launched by Mar de Silleiro, a company founded five years ago in Vigo.
According to Susana Gonzalez, the manager of the company, "the cans and paté will not compete with fresh goose barnacle, nor do we want it to.It's another type of product after its been processed, but is still of a high market quality, achieving an excellent result and has a great taste".
Mar de Silleiro's project began in 2005 when a group of goose barnacle fishermen from Baiona sought to revive barnacles in areas with a low market value.
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