Research in support to the Good Environmental Status (GES) of our Seas and Oceans
When? 16 June 2011 - 12:30-18:00
Where? - Charlemagne Conference Centre/Room Sicco Mansholt – Level 0
More details as well as registration will be available on this website soon:
Oceans offer huge opportunities for innovation and economic development. However, the impact of human activities on the marine environment keeps increasing. Maritime transport, offshore energy, tourism, coastal development, resource extraction, fisheries and aquaculture are examples of activities which can have a majorimpact on the marine environment, putting at risk fragile marine ecosystems. The European Union has taken up this challenge with the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) of which the Marine Strategy Framework Directive(2008/56/EC) is the environmental pillar.
"The Ocean of Tomorrow 2012" initiative is consistent with the two previous cross-thematic calls FP7-OCEAN-2010 and FP7-OCEAN-2011. It is one of the actions undertaken in order to implement the "European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research" COM (2008) 534.
Following the two previous "The Ocean of Tomorrow" cross-thematic calls, several topics will be launched to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/C). Cooperation will involve
Theme 2 Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and biotechnology,
Theme 5 Energy,
Theme 6 Environment, (including climate change), and
Theme 7 Transport (including Aeronautics).
The focus will be on research gaps about the definition and monitoring of the "Good Environment Status" (GES) of EU waters, to be achieved by 2020.