Constituting the high-point of a major four-year project, the CAMIS final conference, which was held on the 21st of November 2013, in Rouen, gathered 26 speakers and more than 120 stakeholders from the Channel area.
The Conference gave the opportunity to report back on the main achievements of the CAMIS project but also paved the way for a promising future of the Franco-British cooperation in the Channel area:
• The Integrated Maritime Strategy and its Action Plan should provide a valuable input to the preparation of the France (Channel) – England Interreg V programme for 2014-2020 and to the implementation of the future EU directive establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management;
• The Cross Channel Declaration on Shipping Incidents and Maritime Pollution, as well as the work done on marine clusters, marinas and ports’ economic development should result in the development of joint actions;
• The Resource Centre and the Cross-Channel Forum are tools and platforms for dialogue which should be maintained beyond CAMIS because they do address a real need from stakeholders and contribute to the development of a common identity;
• Over the year 2014, the CAMIS results will be highlighted and consolidated through 2 “capitalization projects” funded by the Interreg IVA France (Channel) - England programme, one focusing on the governance of marine ecosystems (PEGASEAS) and the other on marine renewable energies in the Channel area (CHANNEL MOR).
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