Partner Networks

Coastal and Marine Union

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The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC, name till January 2009: EUCC - The Coastal Union) is a network of coastal and marine managers, practitioners, policy makers, NGOs and scientists, with ca. 3000 members and member organisations in over 40 countries world-wide. While the headquarters are located in Leiden (NL), regional offices exist for the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. The number of staff of EUCC and its branches is app. 25. EUCC is dedicated to conserving and maintaining healthy seas and attractive coasts for both people and nature. Information is tailored specifically to aid policy formulation and decision making. EUCC is specialised in the development policy and communication tools for biodiversity, ecological networks, MPAs, coastal erosion management (EUROSION), Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), policy indicators for ICZM, public participation, capacity building and training, stakeholder communication, and access to coastal information. EUCC has been leading the Coastal Practice Network (CoPraNet), has ample experience in FP5 and FP6 projects, is initiator of the Venice Platform and is also the partner of the ARCADIS consortium (“Exchange of experiences and comparative analyses for ICZM”

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International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

ICES

ICES, the coordinating network of the MARCOM+ initiative, is the organisation that coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic. This includes adjacent seas such as the Baltic Sea and North Sea. The Council acts as a meeting point for a community of more than 1600 marine scientists from 20 countries around the North Atlantic. Scientists working through ICES gather information about the marine ecosystem. As well as filling gaps in existing knowledge, this information is also developed into unbiased, non-political advice. ICES advice is then used by the 20 member countries, which fund and support ICES, to help them manage the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. ICES secretariat has been based in Copenhagen, Denmark, since 1902. In the Task Force, ICES represents also the EUROCEANS, ESONET and Seadatanet networks.

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Marine Board of the European Science Foundation

Marine Board of the European Science Foundation

The Marine Board-ESF (established 1995) provides a forum for the strategic co-ordination of the activities and policies of national marine research funding agencies and national marine research facilities, towards enhanced synergy. With its current membership of 31 marine research organisations from 20 European countries, the Marine Board addresses four main objectives: creating a forum for its member organisations; identifying scientific strategic issues through foresight activities; providing a voice for European marine science; and promoting synergy among national programmes and research facilities. Emphasis is on increasing the uptake and impact of research output into the policy interface; this is achieved through hosting regular science policy workshops, publication of position papers targeted at policy makers, issuing statements in response to EU initiatives, and through an annual forum. It annually hosts approximately 15 workshops of interdisciplinary nature, and also holds an annual Forum. Since 2001, the Marine Board has published 10 position papers. The Marine Board was instrumental in (i) organizing EurOCEAN 2004 Conference (2004, Galway) and in drafting the Galway Declaration; (ii) convening the organizing committee for EurOCEAN 2007 conference (2007, Aberdeen) and drafting the resulting Declaration; (iii) preparing the Portuguese EU Presidency conference (2007, Lisbon) on the options to create a network of existing marine and maritime networks; (iv) maintaining the Aberdeen momentum, creating the Aberdeen+ Group.

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Community of European Shipyards’ Associations

Community of  European Shipyards’ Associations

Community of European Shipyards’ Associations: Founded in 1937, the Association of Western European Shipbuilders (AWES) merged with the Committee of EU Shipbuilders’ Associations (CESA) in May 2004 to form the Community of European Shipyards’ Associations (CESA). CESA, representing the shipyards in 15 European countries, covers 99% of the EU shipbuilding production and more than 85% of wider geographical Europe. European shipyards offer products in three areas: construction of merchant vessels, repair and conversion and naval production. CESA members provide jobs for about 140,000 highly skilled employees. Through its R&D working group COREDES, CESA has been for many years actively contributing to the shaping of the European waterborne R&D policy, e.g. being the secretariat of the MIF-RDSPG and of the WATERBORNE Support Group.

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Mediterranean Science Commission

Mediterranean Science Commission

CIESM-Commission Int. pour l’Exploration Scientifique de la mer Méditerranée CIESM was founded in 1910 to federate marine research and explorations across the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Working at the frontiers of marine science, and supported by 23 Member States, the Commission keeps a scientific watch over the Mediterranean and Black Seas, relying on a pool of vast human resources - 4,200 marine scientists distributed in some 500 research institutes around the whole Basin. CIESM produces authoritative, independent reports on the status and trends of their marine systems. These widely-read Monographs cover a diversity of issues, from coastal erosion to deepsea research, from the role of cetaceans to that of marine viruses, from the bioaccumulation of novel contaminants to mesoscale processes.

CIESM manages a great variety of research programs on key parameters, focused on:unprecedented changes in marine biodiversity through CIESM Programmes on ‘Exotic Species’, ‘Tropicalization’ - extension/ retreat of sensitive, indicator species) and ‘Jellywatch’ (extent of massive jellyfish outbreaks); climatic change through the Programmes ‘MedGLOSS’ (setting an alert system for Mediterranean tsunamis), ‘Hydrochanges’ (deepsea warming trends) and ‘Zooplankton Indicators’; deep waters of poorly known areas of the Mediterranean Sea via multi-disciplinary, multi-national CIESM-SUB oceanographic cruises; novel contaminants in foodwebs via its MusselWatch Programme; the Mediterranean seabed with high-resolution CIESM / Ifremer maps; and blue biotechnologies with special attention to ethical issues (property rights, equal access) and technological capacity building on south shore.

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European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform

European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform

The European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATIP) was initiated following 2 Stakeholder Meetings in 2007, where more than 120 representatives of the aquaculture value chain and the research sector agreed to create this European Technology Platform.

The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) coordinates the Secretariat of the EATIP, with support from the European Federation of Compound Feed manufacturers (FEFAC) and SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The FEAP Secretariat organised 5 multidisciplinary workshops on European aquaculture (PROFET workshops) and co-organised 9 multidisciplinary workshops on European fisheries and aquaculture (PROFET POLICY workshops) – 2 European support actions. The FEAP and the FEFAC also participate in the Advisory Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (Working Groups, Bureau, Plenary), have established professional relations with different DGs of the Commission, and have provided assistance to the organisation of meetings of the Intergroup on Sustainable Development of the European Parliament and a recent hearing (September 2008) on European Aquaculture (co-organised by EBCD/IUCN and the European Economic and Social Committee).

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European Council for Maritime Applied Research and Development Association

European Council for Maritime Applied Research and Development Association

The ECMAR Association was formed in April 2007, although it can trace its origins back to June 1955 when the first meeting of the International Cooperation in Ship Research (ICSR) took place in London at the initiative of the British Shipbuilding Research Association (BSRA). ICSR changed its name to ECMAR in 1989.

The new ECMAR Association, formed in 2007, has 25 member organisations in 15 European Countries, representing all the major European major institutes in the Maritime Applied Research Sector. The founding members of the ECMAR Association were BMT Group, CETENA, CMT, FORCE, HSVA, MARIN, MARINTEK, SIREHNA, SSPA and VTT. The major objectives of ECMAR include: promoting interest within European Maritime Applied Research and Development organisations, developing a European maritime R&D strategy, enhancing cooperation between members by (virtual) networks and by organising conferences and workshops, and coordinating studies and activities to promote maritime applied R&D. 

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European Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization

European Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization

The European Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (EFARO) is an association composed of the Directors of the main European Research Institutes involved in Fisheries and Aquaculture research founded under a consensus agreement in 1989. The starting point was the desire to achieve greater cohesion and coordination of Community fisheries and aquaculture R + D. Today EFARO unites 3000 researchers and research assistants in 23 institutes in 19 European countries. As an association EFARO is involved in the production of position papers for example on fisheries and aquaculture research, is coordinator of EU framework programmes and contractor in framework contracts.

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European Global Ocean Observing System

European Global Ocean Observing System

EuroGOOS, being represented by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) will be the contractual partner to represent EuroGOOS and MedGOOS in the proposal. EuroGOOS is an Association of Agencies (33 Members in 17 European countries), founded in 1994 to further the goals of GOOS, and in particular the development of Operational Oceanography in the European Sea areas and adjacent oceans. GOOS is an international program preparing the permanent global framework of observations, modeling and analysis of ocean variables needed to support operational ocean services wherever they are undertaken around the world. It was launched at the Second World Climate Conference in 1990 and is sponsored by IOC, WMO, UNEP and ICSU. EuroGOOS activities are designed to collaborate with and maximize the benefits from existing activities in operational oceanography in Europe, promoting the integration of these activities within the framework of GOOS.

MedGOOS is the GOOS Regional Alliance for the Mediterranean Sea, established under the auspices of UNESCO-IOC to provide a regional framework for partnerships, synergies and capacity building for operational oceanography to the benefit of all coastal states in the region. It embraces a partnership of 19 members from 16 riparian countries including non-EU countries such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. MedGOOS aims to build awareness on operational oceanography, promote capacity building and synergize efforts to facilitate the development of an operational ocean observing and forecasting system with regional and coastal scales to the benefit of a wide group of stakeholders and users in the region. Such a system requires an enduring collaboration among the neighboring countries and a strong will to share efforts, resources and knowledge.

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European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations

European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations

MARS: The European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations being represented by The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) will be the contractual partner to represent MARS in the proposal. The MARS network is a foundation created by, and open to, Europe's marine research institutes and stations. MARS member organisations are world leaders in fundamental marine research and have important research infrastructure facilities available with direct access to the sea. MARS communicates with international organisations, including the Commission of the European Community in Brussels and the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg and Ostend. MARS members are located all over Europe, along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, the North, Irish, Baltic, Adriatic, White, Black and Mediterranean Seas. MARS provides a unique framework or umbrella for uniting these diverse marine disciplines where ecosystem and biodiversity research goes hand in hand with genomics and marine biogeochemistry. Many members are partners in one or more of the currently existing European Networks of Excellence: Marine Genomics Europe (MGE) and Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF) have agreed to establish a “virtual network status” within an umbrella provided by MARS. Other relevant networks, like LAGUNET, ILNET, and symposium series EMBS and ECSA, have also expressed their interest to join MARS.

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European Ocean Energy Association

European Ocean Energy Association

The European Ocean Energy Association (EU-OEA) is the voice of the ocean energy sector at the European level. It is a non-profit association with a growing international membership of more than 70 of the world’s leading companies involved in wave, tidal, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), and salinity gradient energy technologies. Enjoying its strategic location at the heart of the European district in Brussels, it actively represents the interests of the sector through its regular contact with European institutions (European Commission, Parliament, Member States Permanent Representations, etc…). Furthermore, the association is actively engaged in promoting the development and use of these technologies through a mixture of policy, legislative, educational and communications activities.

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European Fisheries Technology Platform

European Fisheries Technology Platform

The European Fisheries Technology Platform brings together European private and public stakeholders in order to create an enduring basis for structuring initiatives, for co-ordinating and bundling efforts, for setting up sustainable structures, and so to define and realise a European Research Agenda on Fisheries as means to ensure a sustainable and competitive future for the European Fishing Industry.

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