A European strategy for marine and maritime research
Reconciling maritime economic activities with preservation of marine ecosystems is one the major challenges of the European Union for the years to come. The new European strategy for Marine and Maritime Research adopted by the Commission in September 2008 is an essential pillar of the EU Maritime Policy. It will contribute to the preservation of fragile marine environments while sustaining the development of maritime activities such as transport, tourism, shipping and fisheries. The strategy sets out two strands of action. The first is designed to reinforce the links between marine research,... which addresses the complexity of marine environments, and maritime research, which focuses on the development of new techniques and technologies for a better exploitation of marine resources. The second strand of action concerns governance. A Forum, made up of stakeholders from the marine and maritime research communities, governments, regions, industry and representatives from the civil society, will be established to set common research priorities and define measures to implement the strategy. The Commission will act as a facilitator, overseeing implementation and providing support through a range of funding mechanisms, in particular the Framework Programme.