June 27th, 2016 – State of Play on Organisation of 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference


All roads lead to Dublin this fall!

The 3rd Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference taking place on the 27th September in Dublin, Ireland at the Croke Park centre, will focus on Priority 1 of the Atlantic Action Plan “Promote entrepreneurship and innovation” creating networking opportunities for stakeholders with an interest in developing projects in the Atlantic Area.

As we are heading towards September we would like to share with you the following practical information:


You can download the updated version of the Conference’s agenda here.


Do not forget to register for free and declare your participation in our Conference workshops.


Stands are free of charge and the available 40 spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please read the guidelines and fill in the application.


You may find useful information about accommodation in Dublin here.


How MPAs can help mitigate impacts of climate change via coastal blue carbon, “fish carbon”, and more

mpa-news-logo-squareSource: MPA News

When nations gathered in Paris last December to forge a pact on climate change, the agreement’s original text made no mention at all of oceans.  Not only did this oversight ignore 71% of Earth’s surface; it also overlooked the fact that marine ecosystems act as an enormous climate control system.

The seas regulate the concentration of atmospheric CO2 worldwide by absorbing and storing it in a variety of ways.  A healthy, resilient ocean – where there is abundant plant life to convert CO2 to oxygen, and abundant animal populations to store carbon in their shells, bodies, and wastes – may be key to helping mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Marine protected areas can play a role in fostering that healthy, resilient ocean.  To be sure, addressing the enormous threat of global climate change will require much, much more than just MPAs.  But MPAs do offer legitimate ways to store carbon and to offset some of the impacts of a changing climate.  And practitioners are starting to explore some of these opportunities.

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State of Sustainability Initiatives Review: Standards and the Blue Economy


This report examines market and performance trends of the nine most prevalent seafood certification schemes, including the Marine Stewardship Council, GLOBAL G.A.P. and Friend of the Sea. 
The report finds that in 2015 demand from big retailers and restaurant chains pushed suppliers to certify a catch valued at $11.5 billion USD. Sustainable seafood now accounts for 14 per cent of global production, a dramatic rise from just 0.5 per cent in 2005.
However, the majority of certified seafood does not offer comprehensive protection of worker’s rights. The authors  call for targeted investment in developing country certification in order to facilitate transformative change on a global scale.
The SSI Review is a collaborative effort by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade.



19-23 September 2016

Antwerp University, Belgium


We have the pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation, a poster or a stand at the European Ecosystem Services Conference 2016.

This conference will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. With our strong focus on practice and implementation we will showcase excellent knowledge and research, share working examples from business, land management, policy and local practice.

The conference will include nearly 70 sessions. Interactive practice-oriented sessions will be held during a Networking day on Tuesday 20 September, whereas scientific sessions are planned for the Science showcase day on Thursday 22 September. All sessions will be supported by poster slots throughout the week. The Tuesday will also offer a marketplace where you can present specific products, games or other tangible elements for participants to experience and discover.

Hereby we would like to call for the following:

1. Call for abstracts
Submit your abstract for a presentation or poster during the sessions on both the Networking day and Science showcase day. Please have a look at the session descriptions to select which session suits your expertise best and to prepare your abstract. The online abstract submission system will be open from 1 April to 15 May 2016.

2. Call for stands
Submit a short description for a stand at the marketplace. We offer simple stands, equipped with a table, poster panel and socket. Any extra facilities for your stand will need to be arranged by yourself. Please also submit your stand proposal through the online abstract submission system from 1 April to 15 May 2016.

3. Call for sponsors
During the Networking day we offer conference booths on a commercial basis. If you would like to promote your company or organisation, have a look at our sponsorship page.

EEA new report: Europe’s grasslands, woodlands, and marine areas face increased threats

Source: EEA

Europe’s ecosystems face increasing pressure to stay healthy amid rising pollution, overexploitation, urban sprawl and the effects of climate change. These are the findings of a European Environment Agency (EEA) report published today which takes stock of the condition of Europe’s ecosystems.


Fig. 1:  Image © Pawel Kazmierczyk


The EEA report ‘Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe’s ecosystems: progress and challenges’ gives a snapshot of current ecosystem health in Europe. It identifies key gaps in data which are essential to properly assess the health of Europe’s many ecosystems. The report concludes improved mapping and assessments are needed in order to understand the problems faced by Europe’s ecosystems and to restore these key life-sustaining systems to better health. This understanding is vital for policymakers to come up with suitable responses.

The well-being of our societies is heavily dependent on our thriving ecosystems, which provide the basic building blocks of our day-to-day survival, including fertile soil, fresh water, pollination, natural flood protection and climate regulation. This ‘natural capital’ is being degraded or lost as a result of human activity.

The report looks at eight broad ecosystem types in Europe: urban, cropland, grassland, heathland and shrub, woodland and forest, wetlands, freshwater, and marine. It assesses the pressures and challenges each of the different types face as well as the impacts on habitats and species.

REMINDER: EUCC-France international conference Littoral 2016

logo_litThe 13th conference of the traditional biennial international event of the Coastal & Marine Union (EUCC) is  “Littoral 2016” : The changing littoral. Anticipation and adaptation to climate change. The conference will be held in Biarritz (France) from October 25 to October 29, 2016.

The presentation of the conference can be found here: English Presentation-Littoral 2016.

  • Deadline for the early-bird registration: 1st June 2016.

To find more information please consult the following website: littoral2016.univ-pau.fr