Patrycja Enet is the MSP focal point for the North Sea. She is a marine and coastal expert with over 15 years of experience in ocean/coastal management and climate adaptation. She specializes in governance of the seas and coastal areas by use of integrated approaches of ICZM, MSP and MPAs. She is an expert consultant for the United Nations Climate Adaptation Secretariat (UNFCCC) Adaptation Programme Oceans with the specific task to advance evidence-based action in the thematic area of oceans and to work in partnerships on oceans as part of the UNFCCC process towards the ‘blue’ COP 25 and beyond. She has working knowledge of the legal and global frameworks for maritime zones (with activities taking place in the oceans and seas), sustainable development, climate actions and disaster risk reduction as a response to climate change impacts.
In Europe, she has been involved in managing marine and land-sea interaction areas through the initiatives of the European Commission that supported the development of the EU Maritime Policy, including strengthening the capacities through guidance, dialogue with policymakers and stakeholders, international partnerships and cooperation. In one of her assignments, she developed and carried out the European Commission’s Ourcoast initiative that created stable information mechanisms to support the implementation of marine and coastal planning and management in the EU.
She has been working at the Dutch national knowledge institute Deltares for the last few years with climate adaptation and integrated approaches for marine and coastal areas, with specific tasks focused on advising the Dutch Ministry on international developments in the field of ocean governance, and she has been involved in the international efforts for oceans by providing expert input to high-level forums, e.g. Science for Ocean Action for a High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Previously she worked for the European non-governmental coastal and marine union, a Dutch consultancy firm, and a German research institute. With vast experience in international project settings and interest in sound practical implementation of integrated approaches, throughout her entire career she has been actively engaged in marine and coastal management and planning to improve coordination between land- and sea-based activities. The countries of her current professional affiliation are: the Netherlands, Germany and France.