On March 21-22, 2019, representatives of the Baltic countries will gather in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) for the 20th time to exchange experiences, discuss the achieved results and future plans, moreover ways of reaching the ambitious goals in conservation and protection of the Baltic Sea environment.
The Agenda of the Forum is under developing now and it's going to be focused on Sustainable development for the Baltic Sea – future outlook and updating of the Baltic Sea action plan and contribution to the UN SDGs 2030.
The conference is timed to celebrate the International Baltic Sea Day and will be held on 22 March 2019 in Kaliningrad, Russia. The conference is jointly organised by Kaliningrad State Technical University (as a part of the Baltic University Programme) and Barents-Baltic Nature and People (BBNP) Programme. The conference programme includes scientific discussion on integrated ocean governance and (MSP) as a tool and the interactive simulation MSP Business Game “If I am a Decision-Maker” ( "Raising awareness and skills development of marine spatial planning (MSP) among university students in the Russian regions of the Northern Sea Route"). The game has an educational character and its main goal is to raise public awareness about sustainable ocean management and to form maritime spatial planning skills. Representatives of regional authorities, municipalities, NGOs, academic institutions, representatives of business are invited to take part in the event. Participation is free of charge.
Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/ZQ4377MrWT9encrZ2for registration
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup has the pleasure to invite you to our debate on ocean governance on 20 March 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This debate is organised in cooperation with the Horizon 2020 research projects ResponSEAble and MARINA and with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. This conference aims to discuss how policy can support the application of key principles that underlie Responsible Research & Innovation and effective Ocean Literacy.
MARINA is teaming up with ResponSEAble to organise a joint marine policy event taking place in Brussels from 18 to 20 March, the week after the final MARINA Conference. Its programme will be divided in two blocks:
- a public event on 18 and 19 March (venue in Brussels TBA) with multiple sessions on various marine themes including food from the sea, marine litter, maritime transport, sustainable coastal tourism, among others. Results will be used to elaborate a manifesto on the key principiples for the success of marine RRI and OL.
- a policy-makers event (invitation only) on 20 March (European Parliament) with the support of the European Commission, UNESCO-IOC and the European Parliament. Will contribute to both projects’ legacy by addressing the role of OL and RRI in supporting effective Ocean Governance based on tools, and ouputs of the two projects.
The conference is hosted by the President Antonio TAJANI and organised jointly by the European Parliament and the European Commission.
It will take place in the European Parliament’s plenary chamber on 19 March at 14:00. Oceans and seas are of crucial importance to the EU. Healthy oceans are home to a very rich biodiversity, act as climate-regulators, offer food security and contribute to the European economy, offering jobs for nearly 3.5 million people. However, they are under increasing pressure from over-fishing, coastal eutrophication, marine litter and climate change. They need to be managed sustainably in order to conserve the fragile marine ecosystems.
Panel discussions will cover:
- Global ocean governance
- Sustainable blue economy
- Healthy, clean seas and oceans by 2030
The Young Professionals (YP) Workshop at the Ocean Dialogues 2019 is offering the opportunity for young people to work on ocean governance with senior marine experts, researchers and policymakers. The YP Workshop (Brussels, 18-19 March) will bring together 20 young people aged 20-35 years old and living in the EU as part of the Ocean Dialogues 2019.
Young Professionals will have an opportunity to share their views, connect with senior experts, and meet people from different marine sectors. The YP Workshop will be developing practical solutions on Ocean Literacy (OR) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and identifying pre-conditions for these solutions to be implemented. Representatives from the YP Workshop will bring key messages to a subsequent policy workshop at the European Parliament.
Following the 2018 Burgas Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, the Facility for Blue Growth is pleased to announce the Regional stakeholder seminar on blue economy. The seminar will take place on 19 March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Seminar is organised with the support of the European Commission and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Permanent International Secretariat (BSEC PERMIS). Following a series of national roundtables in various Black Sea coastal countries, we would like to hear your views on areas of mutual interest and the actions needed to support the blue economy in the region.
The discussions will be organised around the following topics:
- Research and innovation;
- Maritime connectivity;
- Fisheries and aquaculture;
- Coastal and maritime tourism;
- Blue careers and skills;
The seminar will gather policy experts, scientists, entrepreneurs and regional organisations to debate on the challenges and opportunities for cooperation on marine and maritime affairs in the Black Sea. We will also seek to identify joint actions to support an innovative, resilient and sustainable blue economy in the region.
Are you GIS user, an MSP Expert, marine data scientist?
MarSP project is hosting the 2nd Capacity Building Workshop on MSP INSPIRE data model. The second edition, organized by University Las Palmas de Gran Canaria & Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO). It will be held at the Centro Oceonografico de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Spain.
Participants will have a chance to discuss, if necessary, propose modifications or/and endorse concept of MSP data model. The technical solution that includes data model with specifications in different formats needs to be tested, using the standard GIS software, applying developed tools for the MSP interoperability (as registries, harmonization process, Styled Layer Descriptor, etc.). To test technical solutions, it will be delivered “hands on” session, where participants will be leaded by presenters to test data model. It is expected that participants have already finalized plan, draft, or just part of the MSP for Azores, Madeira, or Canary Islands (or any other marine region will do) that can be used for the testing. The use case can be invented, but should include number of maritime activities, that are near reality.
Finally, during this workshop will be presented Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands MSP platforms, related architecture and innovative solutions for MSP process as “one stop shop” and use of specialized software for crowd sourcing (SeaSketch, Wiki-style mapping…).
The final meeting of the IDEM project (Implementation of the MSFD to the Deep Mediterranean Sea) that will take place in Rome, at the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection, on the morning of March 14, 2019.
The goals of this meeting are to:
- illustrate the guidelines and strategies developed under the IDEM project to identify marine protected areas in the deep sea;
- list and describe existing areas in the Mediterranean Sea where there is already an international consensus to identify protected areas in the deep and offshore;
- propose to extend the current marine protected areas to include critical deep-sea ecosystems.
Participants will include the vice-Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection as well as international experts and stakeholders including policy makers and national authorities.
Don't miss this last chance to be part of the only H2020 project fully dedicated to implement Responsible Research and Innovation on marine matters.
The conference will take place on 12th and 13th arch at the fabulous Nausicaa Sea Centre equipped with the largest aquarium in Europe. More updates on the programme, call for papers and registration in the coming months.
In 2016, North Seas Energy Ministers signed a Political Declaration on energy cooperation. One of the four working areas for collaboration is Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). To assist with delivering MSP objectives, an environmental working group was asked to develop a common environmental assessment framework (CEAF). CEAF is an instrument for assessing cumulative impacts of offshore renewable energy, particularly wind energy in the North Sea. The instrument will help to develop a coherent wind energy plan for the mid- and long long-term that fits into the environmental requirements for conservation of protected wildlife populations. CEAF can be used in national strategic planning and licensing procedures, as well as in transboundary collaboration.
However, the assessing of cumulative effects is highly technical. It makes use of a number of different assessment approaches including models in order to quantify the impact. These incorporate assumptions that are often supported by limited data, ultimately leading to decision making that is not as informed as it would ideally be. Filling the knowledge gaps associated with the CEAF will lead to subsequent versions of the CEAF with improved levels of confidence associated with the new information.
To make a start with the identifying and prioritising of knowledge gaps related to the CEAF (with a perspective on future evidence needs of a CEAF with a broader scope as well) the CEAF environmental working group wants to invite you to participate in a workshop on the 12th and 13th of March in Edinburgh.
The goals of the workshop
In the past months countries participating in the environmental working group made available their national lists of evidence needs related to the impacts of offshore renewable energy. These lists are compiled into a long list (~100 gaps) which will be sent to the workshop participants 1 month before the workshop, to allow them to familiarize themselves with the content of the list.
· The first goal of the workshop is to come to a significantly shorter list (<10) with high-priority knowledge gaps.
· The second goal is to explore which of these knowledge gaps can be addressed in joint research and/or monitoring efforts. Which gaps are particularly suited if applying for EU funding programmes?
A more detailed agenda will be sent prior to the workshop and will be built around the above mentioned topics: prioritization, joint research possibilities and EU funding.
The members of the environmental working group are asked to nominate participants that have a general overview over the (present and future) science needs concerning the ecological (and physical) impact of offshore wind and are also hard-wired into the programming of research and monitoring activities. In addition to this group of participants we invite stakeholders from industry and NGO’s from international umbrella organisations, including those that have attended the SEANSE stakeholder meeting last summer. We are aiming on a maximum of 15-20 participants. You can sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup has the pleasure to invite you to our debate on the Economic benefits of MPAs on 6 March 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This debate is organised in collaboration with the Directorate General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the European Commission (DG MARE). This conference aims to discuss the challenges of how to enforce, fund, and govern an MPA and to really make it work for itself and for the community.