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ENCORA conference on European Action Plans: Key issues for advancing Sustainable Management of our Coastal Zones

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    Eventtype: Conference/Workshop
    Period: 2007-12-05 - 2007-12-07
    Location: Institut Océanographique, Paris, France

Institutes (17)  Top 
  • European Commission (EC), more, partner
  • Institut Océanographique, more, host
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, partner
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF), more, partner
  • European Commission (EC), more, partner
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea (CIESM), more, partner
  • UNESCO; Diversitas, more, partner
  • European Environment Agency (EEA), more, partner
  • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), more, partner
  • Census of Marine Life (COML), more, partner
  • European Marine Board (EMB), more, partner
  • UNESCO, more, partner
  • UNESCO; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), more, partner
  • Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), more, partner
  • University of Valencia, more, partner
  • UNESCO; Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences; Man and the Biosphere Programme, more, partner
  • The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS Network), more, partner

    The European Commission has invited the ENCORA community to identify scientific and technical key issues for advancing sustainable management of our coastal and marine zones and for implementing the European Maritime Policy. The Paris theme conference will be dedicated to the development of so-called European Coastal Action Plans, which elaborate on the research directions set forth in the Aberdeen Declaration. The Action Plans identify major unresolved issues presently hampering an adequate response to challenges set by climate change, development pressure, trends in environmental quality and extreme events. The Coastal Action Plans will constitute an authoritative document reflecting the expertise of 1500+ ENCORA members. They will provide a reference base for future coastal and marine research investments in Europe, generating new incentives for the development of national and trans-national research programmes, including the 7th EC Framework Programme. The process of elaborating the Action Plans will start already a month before the Conference through theme-wise Internet forum discussions. Participants will be invited to indicate in the forums what is in their view the most crucial missing knowledge link to which a future concerted European research effort should be dedicated. The conference will also address the further improvement of the Coastal Wiki. Renowned European experts have already contributed several hundred articles to the Coastal Wiki, reflecting well-established knowledge and experience related to a great variety of coastal and marine topics. The Coastal Wiki can be considered in a certain sense as the Action Plans' counterpart; indirectly it provides indications of shortcomings in present knowledge and understanding for the sustainable management of coastal and marine zones.

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