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DGPM - Portuguese Directorate-General for Maritime Policy

Expert(s) : Raquel Costa; Patrícia Conceição
Lisbon, Portugal
Type of member : Government (including public authority)
Sea basin :
  • Atlantic Ocean (including North Sea)
  • Mediterranean Sea
Topics :
  • Network of European Blue Schools
Environmental domains :
  • Marine/Ocean
Main activities :
  • Ocean Policy
The Directorate-General for Maritime Policy – Portugal (acronym DGPM) is a public administration body of the Ministry of the Sea, established in 2012. It was created in order to develop, evaluate and update the National Ocean Strategy, design and propose the national maritime policy, develop the maritime spatial planning strategy and management, monitor and participate in the development of the Integrated Maritime Policy of the European Union and promote national and international cooperation on maritime affairs. Currently with 29 staff members, DGPM has around 10 members engaged in a variety of scientific marine and maritime research topics (including socio-economy sciences related to the Ocean, monitoring of the Blue Economy, and monitoring of the Portuguese contribution to the UN SDG 14 Goal), but also in Ocean Literacy and translational aspects between academia and industrial sectors. DGPM is involved in a variety of expert groups and activities at national and regional level, but also at international level (both EU and cross continental). DGPM is a key player in the Blue Economy and Ocean Literacy strategic and political arenas.