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Ocean Protection and Monitoring Technologies and Services

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 ottobre 2021

20 October 2021. This webinar, jointly organised by the European Investment Bank, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, the European Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), Copernicus Marine Services and OceanOPS, will present the latest developments on monitoring our seas so as to stimulate investment and partnerships between public institutions and private companies.Tackling the new sustainability challenges for EU’s blue economy, estimated at €650 bn of annual turnover as part of the European Green Deal, needs action from local decision makers and stakeholders.By investing in blue digital monitoring and protection technologies and services, regions, institutions and national protection authorities will not only protect assets, lives and biodiversity but also foster innovation and job creation in marine coastal areas and ensure that Europe regains technological leadership and autonomy. Recovery plans offer an opportunity to take advantage of these new digital technologies for monitoring and protecting our seas and coastal areas.Examples of the new innovative solutions that are already operational will be presented. They range from ocean energy applications, to services for improving search and rescue. Increased deployment of these services can have a real impact on the blue economy. The European Investment Bank’s advisory services are ready to support local authorities plans and efforts. The workshop will be introduced by Harald Gruber (European Investment Bank) and Fiammetta Diani (EUSPA), who will present the latest developments and welcome you.The event will be summarised in a digital document, which progressively could be updated with new local and pilot cases.

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Restore Our Ocean and Waters by 2030 – Communication on Missions is published!

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 ottobre 2021

The Commission launched the Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030’. This Mission, part of Horizon Europe, aims in the next decade to restore the health of one of our most precious common goods: our ocean and waters. It will deliver on the European Green Deal by restoring ecosystems and biodiversity, eliminating pollution, and making the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular.Area-based lighthouses will be the main implementation vehicle of the Mission in its first phase. They will demonstrate in a large area that the specific objectives of the Mission are achievable. In the second phase (after 2025), the Mission will support scaling up of projects across the EU, mostly through private funding.The lighthouses will be complemented by enabling actions, in particular a digital ocean and water knowledge system and public mobilisation, engagement and awareness. The Mission will put in place a digital ocean and water knowledge system and environmental monitoring system to better monitor, forecast and value the health of the aquatic system as a whole. In particular, the Mission will, building on existing structures and capacities, support the development of a fit-for-purpose observation, monitoring and forecasting system (including climate predictions) that will contribute to insights needed for implementation of the Green Deal. In addition, the Mission will connect Europe’s citizens and local communities with the ocean, seas and waters, provide broad ownership and education and co-design the transitions in their communities that will allow the European Green Deal targets to be reached.

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Ocean Observation Initiative. Have your say

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 dicembre 2020

Ocean observation is essential for the knowledge base of the Green Deal. Data are collected by different authorities for different purposes. A proposed EU initiative aims to achieve a common EU approach for measuring once and using the data for many purposes.It proposes :joint planning of observation activities and a framework for collaboration on a national and EU scale. By oceans observations we include all surveys, monitoring campaigns or sampling programmes for measuring the state and dynamics of oceans and the marine organisms that inhabit them. It does not include observations made from earth-orbiting satellites which are dealt with elsewhere. By oceans, we mean seas and oceans including the seabed as well as the overlying water column.

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Follow the lead of EU Commissioner Sinkevičius and ExploreYourOcean in 24 languages

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 ottobre 2020

With the newest release of the European Atlas of the Seas today, citizens from all around Europe now have access to stunning marine maps and interactive oceanic information in their own language, making the atlas an even more accessible and useful educational tool.From now on, visitors can navigate the atlas in the 24 official languages of the European Union, as well as explore a wide range of popular marine topics, such as tourism, litter, environment, energy, aquaculture, and much more! The atlas also comes with a range of new features, including easier ways to print maps, an improved measurement tool, the integration of short stories highlighting interesting map layers as well as the use of the most detailed background map available worldwide, provided by EMODnet. An interactive help function now guides visitors through these new features of the atlas.24 reasons to learn about the ocean and workshop on ocean literacyFollowing the release of the multilingual atlas, the campaign “24 reasons to learn about the ocean” will feature well-known public figures from around the European Union, highlighting in their own language what the ocean means to them and why you should #ExploreYourOcean! Commissioner Sinkevičius is launching the campaign with a quote in Lithuanian. Stay tuned on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #ExploreYourOcean and #EU4Ocean!

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What’s next for the future of our ocean?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

Ocean governance concerns the international and regional processes, agreements, rules and institutions that allow the international community to coordinate and work together for conservation and sustainable use at sea, where challenges cannot be tackled by one country alone. The consultation aims to identify relevant actions in light of today’s challenges and opportunities to deliver global sustainability objectives for oceans in particular the Sustainable Development Goal on the oceans (SDG14) under the 2030 Agenda in support of the European Green Deal.High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell said: “The protection of our oceans is a global challenge that requires a collective response. The European Union is doing its part and ready to do more. We are determined to continue to fulfil our responsibility towards our citizens and to work with partners across the world. We all want sustainable and healthy oceans and to improve their governance.” Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries said: “The EU is fully committed to promoting ocean governance. We are a reliable partner in strengthening the international framework, a top donor in building capacity, a strong supporter of ocean science and a business partner for the sustainable ‘blue economy’. This consultation will help the EU to lead on delivering of global sustainability objectives for the ocean.”

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Ocean Coalition coming soon: join the announcement on World Ocean Day!

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 Maggio 2020

On Monday 8 June World Ocean Day – the Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit will be livestreamed between 11:00 and 14:00. The Summit brings together the EU, IOC-UNESCO and other international partners to discuss the role of ocean literacy (OL) in transforming knowledge into action, in the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
During the summit, Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, will announce the creation of the “EU4Ocean” coalition. The EU4Ocean initiative will amplifiy ongoing OL efforts by connecting organisations, projects and people. It is EU’s contribution to ocean literacy and a call for action to all citizens to engage for more sustainable oceans.

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Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Partners with Rutgers University to Study New Jersey Ocean Environment

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 giugno 2019

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (Atlantic Shores) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rutgers University to advance ocean research and monitoring that will support offshore wind development. The 5-year cooperative agreement term will initiate this summer and help to bolster on-going efforts at the Rutgers Center for Ocean Observing Leadership (RUCOOL).Together, Atlantic Shores and RUCOOL will focus on advancing innovative approaches to collecting and analyzing meteorological, oceanographic and marine bioacoustic data. The work will build upon efforts RUCOOL is already undertaking in partnership with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).Data collected from both inside and outside the Atlantic Shores lease area will not only support Atlantic Shores’ strong commitment to ground its development decisions upon sound scientific research, but also contribute to the broader regional knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic marine environment.
“Rutgers University is a leader in marine science research, and Atlantic Shores is committed to increasing data collection that will support the sustainability of the emerging offshore wind industry in New Jersey,” said Chris Hart, President and Managing Director of Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind. “We look forward to advancing their research efforts by collaborating early on as our Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind portfolio gets off the ground.” Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind is a 50/50 joint venture between EDF Renewables North America and Shell New Energies US, LLC with an OREC application currently under consideration by the NJBPU.The joint venture plans to build multiple projects over the next decade within their 183,000 acre lease area off the coast of New Jersey, to help the state meet its progressive goal of generating 3.5 GW of renewable energy by 2030. In total, Atlantic Shores’ lease area has the potential to generate 2.5 GW of clean wind energy, enough to power nearly one million homes.A decision on which developer will be awarded a state contract to build the first offshore wind farm in New Jersey is expected this summer. Atlantic Shores plans to move forward with data collection and research in partnership with RUCOOL regardless of the outcome of the NJBPU decision.

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Ocean plastics cost the world up to $2.6 trillion per year

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

A new study, led by researchers from the University of Plymouth, has estimated that the cost to the global economy of marine plastic pollution could be as high as US$2.6 trillion per year. The research calculated the cost to fisheries, heritage and health from the upwards of 8 million tonnes of plastics that enter the oceans each year, and estimated that the economic damage is between US$3,300 and US$33,000 per tonne.Marine ecosystems are vital parts of the global economy, providing support for food, carbon storage, cultural practices and recreation.“Any threat to the continued supply of these ecosystem services has the potential to significantly impact the wellbeing of humans across the globe, owing to the loss of food security, livelihoods, income and good health,” the researchers said.The researchers said that producers and consumers of plastics need to understand the true cost of plastic pollution, and to consider it throughout the lifecycles of their products.
“Drawing on previous experiences of global pollutants, we propose that the calculation of the economic costs per tonne of marine plastic is fundamental in future global negotiations to change the way plastics are designed, produced, used, reused and reprocessed,” they said. (font: Global Initiatives 133 Cecil St, #17-02A, Singapore)

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International ocean governance: looking back at two years of firm action

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2019

The Commission published a report outlining the progress made on the ocean governance agenda since the adoption of a Joint Communication on International Ocean Governance, together with the High Representative of the European Union, two years ago.
The conclusion of the report is encouraging. The 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world are successfully being implemented. And the work will continue.Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella added: “Oceans make up 70% of the planet and absorb 25% of the global C02 emissions. I am happy that with our agenda for the future of our oceans, EU’s role in oceans’ management has strengthened and action has intensified. But the challenges that the oceans face are as big as the oceans themselves – climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, overfishing. We need to continue our work.”
EUR 590 million have so far been engaged under EU development policy to promote better ocean governance with non-EU countries Thanks to the EU’s IUU policy, 14 countries have successfully reformed their control and management systems to fight illegal fishing in their territory The EU has played a major role in achieving an international consensus on the protection of the high seas in the Arctic On the environmental side, the EU is meanwhile manifesting itself as a global frontrunner, thanks to.
Ambitious new legislation to counter marine pollution, in particular from single use plastics and lost fishing gearPromotion of offshore wind and ocean energy, as an important contribution to a carbon-neutral EU economy by 2050Designation of more than 10% of its marine and coastal areas as marine protected areas, two years before the 2020 international deadline The EU invests in, and promotes global efforts to improve ocean research, data and science. This is needed to improve policy-making, drive innovation and facilitate a sustainable ‘blue’ economy. The Commission has started publishing the Copernicus Ocean State Report annually. Over EUR 500 million was committed on marine research under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The official Joint report “Improving International Ocean Governance – Two years of progress” can be found here accompanied by a Staff Working Document. Below you can read the version for the larger public.

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Funding Ocean Energy: new study released

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

Europe is spearheading the world’s ocean energy technology, and has today a strong pipeline of projects for a total capacity of 1 GW. But it did not accomplish this overnight. According to a recent Commission study, the continent has been spending €3 billion on ocean energy over the last decade. This is the kind of investment required to develop the new technologies, test them both in the lab and at sea, and scale them up to commercial level.About two thirds of this massive research and development effort was sustained by developers and by the private sector. The remaining third was mobilised by the European Commission and the EU countries to support the developers, adapt harbour infrastructure and generally lay the right conditions for this emerging sector to grow. The next decade could see the total installed capacity rise to almost 4 GW, with financial needs that would grow accordingly and could reach 9.4 billion euros. Most of the money is expected to go into tidal stream installations; this is to date the more “mature” technology, and promises to offset the high upfront capitals with low operational costs.The technology is therefore likely to raise more and more money through private loans. The need for public funding, mainly to leverage private capitals and finance research, would thus shrink to one fourth of the total investment. If access to and cost of capital remain crucial to move towards the commercial phase, the study shows that there can be no route to market without a stable and predictable public policy on ocean energy and marine space. This was also the case for other renewables, especially offshore wind energy, which provide useful experience to build on.

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BlueInvest 2018: An ocean of opportunity with the right backing

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

The European Commission is looking for entrepreneurs active in the blue economy to take part in a high-profile event aimed at matching cutting edge companies with public and private investors. #BlueInvest 2018, the first European event of its kind and hosted by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will take place on 17 May in Brussels.The global blue economy, which covers all activities making use of the ocean’s resources – from fisheries, to renewable energy to biotechnology, is set to grow at twice the rate of the mainstream economy by 2030. For Europe, this could mean 10.8 million jobs and nearly 1 trillion euro in turnover. It could mean cleaner energy, new health benefits, dependable food. But the needs for investment are huge and many innovative companies lack the financial backing to grow and bring their products and services to the marketplace.Commissioner Vella is determined to help: “Our ocean is a source of food, medicine, energy and so much more. The European Commission wants to boost companies that see the ocean as an opportunity. Access to finance is the passage to sustainable growth. We want to go beyond merely funding and actively match companies with potential investors. I believe this will shine light on this rapidly developing sector and create opportunities for jobs creation, economic growth and the sustainable development of the blue economy.” The event follows on to the 2017 Our Ocean conference, where the EU pushed blue growth higher on the international agenda and helped to mobilise the corporate sector. It also dovetails with the priorities set by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, namely to improve the EU’s overall business environment by removing barriers to investment and promoting sustainable finance.

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European Union generates global action for our ocean

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 ottobre 2017

maltaMalta. More than six billion euros committed by public and private actors to better manage the 70% of the planet – our oceans – at conference hosted by the European Union in Malta. Oceans cover more than 70% of the planet. They produce most of the oxygen we breathe and absorb 30% of the carbon we emit. Three billion people world-wide depend on the ocean for their livelihoods. One billion people rely on seafood as their main source of animal protein. But the oceans face a multitude of threats, such as pollution, climate change, overfishing and criminal activities at sea.
The Our Ocean conferences are a response to these mounting challenges. In preparation of this year’s conference, the EU has successfully been working with governments, private companies and non-profit organisations from a wide range of sectors to mobilise ambitious and measurable commitments to action, ranging from smaller, but high-potential, innovative approaches to industry-scale global undertakings.
Starting in 2014, high-level participants from more than 100 countries have attended the Our Ocean conferences (hosted by the Governments of the United States in 2014 and 2016 and Chile in 2015 and by the European Union in Malta this year), including Heads of State or Government and ministers, companies ranging from large industry and the traditional fisheries sector to Silicon Valley tech, NGOs and philanthropic organisations. They have made over 700 concrete, measurable and tracked commitments. Next year’s conference will be hosted by Indonesia, followed by Norway in 2019.

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International ocean governance: dialogue with our partners intensifies

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 ottobre 2015

maritime“Drivers for Blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region” conference, Copenhagen, 6 October 2015. European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, has intensified dialogue with international maritime stakeholders on how to improve ocean governance globally. To take advantage of the opportunities offered by this global outreach, the Ocean governance consultation period ends on 15th of October.Following his speech earlier this month at the GLACIER Conference (Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience), organised by the US State Department in Anchorage, Alaska, Commissioner Vella this week held intensive meetings in Washington, D.C., with the US administration, NGOs and stakeholders. His listening tour on ocean governance will continue in the coming weeks with stops in Chile (Our Oceans Conference, Viña del Mar), Spain, and China.
Besides putting ocean governance onto the international agenda, these meetings are also an opportunity to stress the EU’s commitment to sustainable development and its efforts to protect and preserve marine ecosystems for current and future generations. For instance, the EU is developing a Blue Growth Strategy that allows maritime activities to thrive while maintaining high standards on environmental protection.In this context, Mr Vella has repeatedly welcomed the UN’s new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and goals, which were adopted on 25 September. Goal 14 specifically calls on the international community to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. (Photo: maritime)

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EU discusses international ocean governance with North Atlantic partners

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

north atlantic oceanWhat is the right framework for the governance of our oceans in the 21st century? What are the challenges ahead and how are North Atlantic fisheries partners responding to those challenges? These are some of the questions that Commissioner Karmenu Vella will raise at the 20th North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference in Malta (16 & 17 July, 2015). “Today I am inviting you to join me in a discussion, not only about fisheries, but also about how we can best manage our oceans and our ocean economy – a sustainable ‘blue economy’. The Atlantic Ocean does not belong to any one of us. It is a shared asset. It is a single ecological system that links the continent of Europe with the Americas and with Africa. Our responsibility is to help build an international system that helps us manage that asset,” Mr Vella will tell his North Atlantic counterparts.Answers will help shape the Commission’s response to its ongoing public consultation on international ocean governance.Participants will also use the meeting to discuss fisheries, in particular how to manage shared fisheries in the North Atlantic.The North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference (NAFMC) brings together, for informal discussions, ministers of fisheries from the major fishing parties in the North Atlantic, namely the EU, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation. It has been held every year since 1995. This year’s event is hosted by the EU, with Commissioner Vella representing EU member states.

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Commissioner Vella calls for a ‘true global ocean governance project’

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

ireland“It is time that we expand our vision for a blue economy by doing what we can to ensure good international ocean governance” said Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries addressing the participants of the ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth’ conference in Ireland on 10th July. Ireland was a key stop in the Commissioner’s ongoing ‘listening tour’ on international ocean governance.
Stressing the need to create a ‘true global ocean governance project’, Mr Vella said that the EU could not shy away from taking a major role in this debate: “Our oceans are a global resource. But many tell me that the current international ocean governance framework is not effective enough. Europe has a firm place in global fisheries and it has a large maritime economy. The size of our exclusive economic zone alone gives us the responsibility to play a global role. So I believe that the European Union should lead this project by engaging with our international organisations and partners.”In June, the Commission therefore launched a public consultation on international ocean governance. Commissioner Vella is also undertaking a ‘listening tour’, to broaden the scope of the exercise and gather suggestions and ideas from partners around the globe. The tour kicked off at the World Ocean Summit in Portugal in June and is set to continue with discussions among the EU’s North Atlantic partners in Malta this week.Based on the results of both the consultation and the listening tour, the Commission will consider follow-up action early next year to indicate how the EU thinks our oceans can best be managed – and how we think the EU can contribute.

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Legendary British rower Chris Martin

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 giugno 2014

The Great Pacific Race, organised by legendary British rower Chris Martin, consists of 13 ocean rowing boats competing in solo, pairs and fours teams racing from California to Hawaii, a distance of 2,400 miles across the world’s most unforgiving and unpredictable ocean. One of the competitors is 39 year old Brit, Daryl Farmer, whose normal occupation is maintaining ponds and aquaria in and around his home town of East Grinstead, Sussex, UK. First time ocean rower Daryl has temporarily swopped working with small fish and is out in the big pond of the Pacific Ocean hoping for some close encounters with whales and sharks. He is rowing solo in ‘Bojangles’ for team Rowing4Reefs to raise money for Earthrace ocean conservation and for Peter Andre’s Foundation for kidney cancer. Although the official start was on 9 June, Daryl and six of the other rowing crews were forced to return to shore two days afterwards because high winds were making progress impossible. As Daryl explained, “The decision was taken to accept a tow back to port to wait for a better weather window. Not the start I wanted but this is by no means over. Anyone following the tracker would have seen the pattern – row hard at night to get to a good position, rest on para anchor, and wake up exactly where I started from due to winds and a current running within the bay. “With no break due for the next few days, this seemed like the right call. The positives are that Bo feels spot on, we will get some speed and power once we’re out there, we just need kinder winds to allow us to clear the bay.” teams have already reported seeing not only whales and dolphins but also an increasing amount of plastic and other pollutants in the ocean. Throughout his row, Daryl will be helping by collecting water samples that will be analysed for the presence of microplastics by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic debris 5mm or smaller that are a huge source of contamination to marine ecosystems. Sources of microplastics include the plastic beads used in many body and facial scrubs and fibres produced from laundering materials made from synthetics. Just getting to the start was a struggle for Farmer whose boat ‘Bojangles’ is already in the record books as the first and only rowing boat to successfully complete a crossing of the Pacific West to East with its crew of Mick Dawson and Chris Martin in 2009.

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“Ocean pacific express”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 aprile 2010

Usabound  annuncia che si è concluso felicemente il primo tour Ocean Express al  quale hanno partecipato anche alcuni importanti clienti e rappresentanti della  grande stampa internazionale. L’operatore rende noto che su ogni partenza  Il tour di una settimana, da Los Angeles a San Francisco, che verrà  riproposto con partenze a date fisse fino alla prima settimana di ottobre, era articolato secondo  un intenso programma di visite ed incontri con architetti, giornalisti,  artisti, e poi pranzi e cene in locali tipici, passeggiate, cavalcate e molto  altro. Fra le numerose località in itinerario figuravano Los Angeles con Malibu, Santa Barbara, le wineries (Sideways), musei ed  ancora: Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, San  Anselmo, Point Regyes National Seaasgore Park, San Francisco. (ponte sfo)

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