Outcomes of the 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum 2016

Baltic SCOPE unites national authorities around the Baltic Sea responsible for maritime spatial planning, and is supported by four research and regional organisations.

The project is now in its concluding phase – a phase that has been facilitated by the 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum 2016, where the first findings of the two year collaboration were presented.

You can find the results of Baltic SCOPE on the project website from March onwards. The outcomes of the 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum 2016 are already available on the website.

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The World Ocean Council (WOC) report on “Ocean Industries and Marine Planning” provides the first multi-sector, industry-oriented review and analysis of the value, challenges and opportunities of marine spatial planning (MSP) for the ocean business community.

Building on this work, the 4th WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), Rotterdam, 30 Nov-2 Dec 2016 – with its theme of “Ocean 2030: Sustainable Development Goals and the Ocean Business Community” – will address MSP and ocean industries through sessions on:

▪ Marine Planning and International Waters: Shaping High Seas Sustainable Development Through Spatial Planning

▪ Marine Planning and the North Sea: Multiple Ocean Use and Sustainable Development in a Heavily Used, Transboundary Sea Basin

▪ Multi-use Offshore Infrastructure: Creating Synergies in Ocean Industry Facilities

As MSP grows around the world, WOC is working to ensure that both the ocean business community and MSP proponents understand and address the need, value and opportunity for industry to be informed of, and engaged in, MSP.

Based on several years’ work of active engagement with both ocean industries and those advancing MSP, the WOC report shows that there are a variety of perspectives on MSP – its definition, need, use, evolution and implementation – within the diverse ocean business community.

The WOC report describes the following values that MSP may provide to industry:

▪ Identifying and developing data sources on marine ecosystems and their uses

▪ Streamlining regulatory/permitting processes

▪ Reducing user conflicts and associated litigation

▪ Increasing the potential for a balanced management approach

▪ Reducing investor uncertainty

▪ More efficiently using public and private funds

The WOC’s work with ocean industries reveals that the private sector seeks clarity on:

▪ The relationship between MSP and other governance processes and mechanisms

▪ Regulatory and authority gaps and uncertainties

▪ How MSP will function in multiple jurisdictions

▪ How the MSP process will remain relevant and transparent

The WOC CEO, Paul Holthus, will present these important results on industry and MSP at the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Worldwide conference this week (Azores, 23-24 June, 2016).

Since 2010, WOC has conducted industry outreach on MSP, organized industry/MSP conferences and forums, and shared industry perspectives with marine planners. WOC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in conducting the research and outreach that led to this report.

As the international, multi-industry leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, the WOC is facilitating industry participation in marine-related programs and projects of the EU and other government and inter-governmental bodies.

The WOC report on Ocean Industries and Marine Planning is available at: http://www.oceancouncil.org/site/planning.php

Save the date for the European conference “MSP Stakeholder series: 6 Maritime Spatial Planning Worldwide”

University of the Azores, Ponte Delgada, Azores, 8-9 June 2016

The conference will present experiences, opportunities and challenges of MSP implementation around the world. It will look in particular at MSP’s economic benefits, at its potential as a climate adaptation tool as well as at the role of Area-based management regimes in international waters. The main purpose will be to take stock of what is being done at international level and identify potential synergies with EU MSP.

 For enquiries about the event, please contact MSP-Azores@ecorys.com

JOB Vacancy : Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, at MaREI, Cork IRELAND

MaREI is seeking a committed post-doctoral researcher with experience in coastal and marine sciences to contribute to research focused on marine spatial planning. The successful candidate will be part of a research team working on the recently funded Supporting the Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas (SIMCelt) project. SIMCelt will explore methods and approaches that can be used to identify issues, and propose solutions, in supporting implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning.

Closing Date for Applications: 18 Mar 2016, More info at http://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/vacancies/research/full-details-621213-en.html

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

Delivering Innovation in the Blue Economy EMFF 2016 launch event – 7,5M€ to boost projects in the blue economy

Education, Research, Innovation – This year, 3 calls for proposals will be launched under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to foster blue growth across Europe.
With a budget of over 7,5M€, the 3 calls ‘Blue careers’, ‘Blue labs’ and ‘Blue technology’ will help enhancing career opportunities in the maritime economy, stimulating the creativity of young researchers and setting up partnerships to bring research results to the market in promising blue growth technology areas. The calls will be open to all sea basins surrounding the EU coasts and will target a wide range of stakeholders of the blue economy.
The launch event will be opened by Karmenu Vella (tbc), Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The launch of these three calls represents a concrete step to implement the “Communication from the Commission: Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth “.
The call “Blue careers in Europe” has a total budget of €3.452.000. It will bring industry and education/training providers together to improve skills development and career opportunities in the blue economy. It aims at training a new generation of students, scientists, professionals, technicians and entrepreneurs to equip them with the right skills for the needs of the labour market and industry.
The call “Blue Labs: innovative solutions for maritime challenges” has a total budget of €1.700.000. It will fund projects in which young scientists – with the support of researchers, industry and local stakeholders – team up to develop innovative solutions in response to specific maritime and marine challenges or needs of one or more sea basins.
The call “Blue technology” has a total budget of €2.520.000. It aims to support transnational public-private-partnerships that will develop joint implementation roadmaps for coordinated investments in high-potential and innovative blue growth technology areas at sea basin level. The call will maximise synergies between existing sea-basin/macro-regional strategies and research and innovation initiatives as well as between funding instruments at EU and national or regional level.
05 April 2016
From 09:30-13:00
Rue de la Loi 170
Meeting room JENKINS
More information on the programme and registration soon at:

EMECS’11 – Sea Coasts ’XXVI Joint Conference: “Managing risks to coastal regions and communities in a changing world”

logoAugust 22-27, 2016. St. Petersburg.

Main topics of the Conference

•Coastal systems and their dynamics (from coast to water and from water to coast);
• Coastal erosion and dynamical processes in the nearshore zone;
• GIS & marine spatial planning;
• Climate change in the changing world. Coastal adaptation to climate change.

Deadline for submission of abstracts February 20, 2016

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