THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE OCEAN STATE REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE!

 

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Written by 80 European scientific experts from more than 25 institutions, this first Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report is a step forward into the development of regular annual reporting on the state and health of the Global Ocean and European Seas based on CMEMS capabilities.

 

The Copernicus Marine Service Ocean State Report provides an annual report of the state of the global ocean and European regional seas for ocean community, policy and decision-makers with the additional aim of increasing general public awareness about the status of, and changes in, the marine environment.

The Ocean State Report draws on expert analysis and provides a 4-D view(through reanalysis systems), from above (through remote sensing data) and directly from the interior (through in situ measurements) of the blue (hydrography, currents), white (sea ice) and green (e.g. Chlorophyll) global ocean and the European Seas.

This first issue delivers guidance on the physical ocean state and change over the period 1993–2015. Scientific integrity is assured through the process of independent peer review in collaboration with the Journal of Operational Oceanography.

Download the Ocean State Report 2016 here.

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Mesa redonda sobre basuras marinas, Blue Eco Forum, Barcelona

diapositiva11¿Son suficientes los conocimientos alcanzados y las medidas tomadas en los últimos años para avanzar hacia un buen estado ambiental con respecto a la basura marina en el mar Mediterráneo?

Mesa redonda con intervenciones de un grupo interdisciplinar de expertos seguidas de un debate con el público.

Organiza: Centro Mediterráneo EUCC

Lugar y hora: Museo Marítimo de Barcelona de 14h a 16h

Idioma: Castellano / Ingles (Traducción simultánea)

Esta mesa organizada con ocasión del Blue Eco Forum es una oportunidad para resumir y repasar los avances en el conocimiento científico y en el desarrollo de instrumentos para tratar la basura marina en el Mediterráneo desde la entrada en vigor de políticas vinculantes a nivel mediterráneo y europeo. El objetivo final es evaluar dónde están las principales lagunas que deben ser abordadas urgentemente por la ciencia y la política para alcanzar un Buen Estado Ambiental.

La basura en el mar abarca desde grandes redes de pesca a basura microscópica, a menudo resultado de la fragmentación gradual de otros objetos. Siempre presentes en nuestra vida diaria, los objetos de plástico son también la fracción predominante de basura marina. La basura marina es resultado de nuestro paradigma actual en el uso lineal de recursos y nuestra incapacidad para gestionar adecuadamente el gran volumen de residuos que produce. Es un reto para la sociedad y para nuestro sistema económico y político: reducir el daño de la basura marina a nuestros océanos y bienestar con mayor eficacia y sin demora.

A nivel mundial, el PNUMA y sus socios reconocieron el desafío con el lanzamiento en 2012, durante la Conferencia Río + 20, de una iniciativa mundial sobre basuras marinas. En este contexto las partes contratantes del Plan de Acción para el Mediterráneo (PAM/PNUMA) adoptaron en 2014 un “Plan Regional sobre la gestión de los desechos marinos en el Mediterráneo que es un instrumento jurídicamente vinculante. El proceso EcAp (enfoque eco-sistémico) del MAP nutre este proceso.

La Comisión Europea desempeña un importante papel impulsando la investigación y el desarrollo de políticas orientadas hacia la solución. Existe una conciencia creciente acerca del problema de las basuras marinas, que condujo a su inclusión como descriptor independiente en la Directiva Marco de Estrategias Marinas (DMEM) en 2008. Según la Directiva, se ha de alcanzar un Buen Estado Ambientar (BEA) en relación a las basuras marinas en el año 2020, lo que significa que ‘ Las propiedades y las cantidades de desechos marinos no resultan nocivas para el medio litoral y el medio marino”. Con ese fin los Estados Miembro se embarcaron en una evaluación inicial del estado del medio marino, se pusieron en marcha programas de seguimiento y se están adoptando programas de medidas para su reducción.

El conocimiento científico ha de apuntalar el proceso y se han hecho grandes esfuerzos para la obtención de datos sobre cantidades, tipos, distribución, fuentes, efectos físicos, químicos y biológicos, entre otros, con el fin de poder establecer valores de referencia, objetivos e indicadores para para ser capaces de definir medidas efectivas y cuantificar el progreso hacia unos océanos libres de basuras.

 

Programa:

Modera: Carolina Pérez, Centro Mediterráneo EUCC

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Con una larga trayectoria en proyectos y estudios de políticas litorales y marinas en Europa y el Mediterráneo, Carolina ha colaborado con buen número de actores a nivel estatal y regional en el ámbito del seguimiento, prevención y gestión de las basuras marinas. En este campo, ha trabajado en proyectos de investigación europeos como CleanSea (FP7) y en proyectos de apoyo a los estados miembro en la puesta en marcha de las Estrategias Marinas.

 

¿Tenemos conocimientos suficientes? ¿Dónde están las brechas más urgentes?

maria-ferreiraMaria Ferreira, Coastal & Marine Union-EUCC; Secretariado del Grupo Técnico para Basuras Marinas de la UE

  • Últimos avances en la labor del Grupo Técnico;
  • Viabilidad de una metodología para evaluar el “daño”
  • Metodologías estandarizadas para identificar fuentes de basura marina

 

foto-sarda-263x295Rafael Sardà, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (CEAB), CSIC:

  • Basuras marinas en el Mediterráneo, cantidades, composición, distribución y zonas de acumulación
  • Brechas de conocimiento más urgentes de abordar

 

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Pedro Fernández, Centro Mediterráneo EUCC:

  • Principales hallazgos y recomendaciones del proyecto FP7 de la UE CleanSea, dedicado a la investigación interdisciplinaria para mejorar la comprensión de los impactos de la basura marina, proporcionar herramientas para su seguimiento y generar ideas para formular medidas eficaces.

 

¿Son suficientes y adecuadas las políticas e instrumentos existentes? ¿Qué queda por hacer?

magali-outters-1Magali Outters, Centro de Actividad Regional para el Consumo y la Producción Sostenibles (SCP / RAC), PAM / PNUMA:

  • Estado de implementación del Plan Regional de gestión de basuras marinas
  • Medidas preventivas apoya especialmente el SCP RAC y principales retos en un futuro próximo

img_1531Marta Martínez-Gil, División para la Protección del Mar, MAPAMA):

  • La implementación española de las obligaciones marcadas por Directiva europea y PAM/PNUMA.
  • Estatus del programa de medidas para las basuras marinas y siguientes pasos

 

 

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  • Efectividad de la acción de la sociedad civil para presionar por instrumentos políticos eficaces: Logros, objetivos y barreras

mvtMaría Vidal i Tarrasón , Agencia de residuos de Cataluña:

  • Papel de los gobiernos regionales en la aplicación de estas políticas y necesidades para cubrirlas
  • Experiencia catalana y próximas iniciativas para este fin

enrique-agbarEnrique Gutiérrez, Aigües de Barcelona:

  • Actuación a nivel local para controlar las vías de entrada de basuras marinas
  • Gestión del saneamiento en Barcelona y área metropolitana

Discusión y conclusiones

Marine litter Round Table at Blue Eco Forum, Barcelona

diapositiva1Where are we as to knowledge and instruments to achieve Good Environmental Status regarding Marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea?

Organized by EUCC Mediterranean Centre

Date: Friday 25th November, 14h – 16h
Venue: Maritime Museum, Barcelona
Language: Spanish and English (simultaneous translation)


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workshop is an opportunity to wrap up the gains on scientific knowledge and on policy instruments to address marine litter in the Mediterranean since the entry into force of the policies and instruments. The final objective is to assess where the key gaps are which need to be urgently addressed by science and policy to reach GES. This workshop takes place within the Blue Eco Forum.

Litter found in the sea can range from large fishing nets to microscopic-sized litter, often resulting from gradual fragmentation of bigger items. Marine litter is a consequence of our current paradigm of linear use of resources and our inability to fully deal with the volume of waste this produces. It presents a challenge to society and to our economic and political systems to mitigate marine litter damage to our oceans and welfare much more effectively and without delay.

At a global level, UNEP and partners acknowledged the challenge launching on 2012, at the Rio+20 conference, a global initiative on marine litter. In this framework the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) Contracting Parties adopted in 2014 an Action Plan for Marine Litter abatement which is a legally binding instrument. The UNEP MAP Ecosystem Approach process is feeding of knowledge and data this process.

The European Commission is playing an active role through marine litter research and policies directed towards solution. There clearly is an increasing awareness about marine litter, which led to the inclusion of marine litter as a separate descriptor within the 2008 Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). According to the MSFD, Good Environmental Status (GES) for marine litter should be reached in 2020, meaning that ‘the properties and quantities of marine litter do not cause harm to the coastal and marine environment’. For doing so, EU member states embarked on an initial assessment of the state of the marine environment regarding marine litter, put in place monitoring programmes and are adopting programmes of measures for its abatement.

Scientific knowledge is underpinning the process and efforts have been placed on gaining data on quantities, types, distribution, sources, physical and chemical impacts, and so forth in order to be able to set baselines, targets and indicators to quantify progress to litter free seas and oceans and to define effective measures.


Program

Round table with experts interventions followed by a debate with the public.

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Introduced and moderated by Carolina Pérez, EUCC Mediterranean Centre

Carolina counts with a long-standing experience with coastal and marine policy studies and projects in Europe and has collaborated with a wide range of stakeholders at national and regional level in the field of monitoring, preventing and management of marine litter. Her experience record includes among others leading the communication component of the EU FP7 project CleanSea and acting as regional partner on an EU  support project on MSFD implementation in the Mediterranean related to monitoring programs and programs of measures with especial focus on marine litter.

Do we have sufficient knowledge? Where are the most urgent gaps?

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  • Latest progresses on the work of the Technical Group ML
  • Methodologie to assess “harm” and identify marine litter sources

foto-sarda-263x295Rafael Sardà, Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Blanes (CEAB), CSIC

  • Current knowledge on marine litter amounts, composition, distribution and hotspots in the Mediterranean
  • Urgent knowledge gaps to address

 

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Pedro Fernández, EUCC Mediterranean Centre

  • Key findings and recommendations from the interdisciplinar research in PF7 project CleanSea

Are existing policy and instruments adequate? What are we still lacking?

magali-outters-1Magali Outters, Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC), UNEP MAP

  • Status of implementation of the Regional Plan
  • Preventive measures pursued by  SCP RAC and main challenges

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Marta Martínez-Gil, División para la Protección del Mar, MAPAMA

  • Status of Spanish implementation of EU and UNEP MAP obligations.
  • Measuring the effectiveness and next steps

 

ann-dom-pic2Ann Dom, Seas at Risk

 

  • Civil society organisations lobbying for policy instruments at the EU level
  • Major achievements and barriers, next targets

 

mvtMaria Vidal i Tarrasón, Catalan Waste Agency

  • Role of regional governments implementing these policies
  • Catalan experience and the upcoming initiatives to this end

 

enrique-agbarEnrique Gutíerrez, Aigües de Barcelona

  • Local action to control marine litter input
  • Sewage system management in Barcelona and metropolitan area

Towards2030 & TRANSrisk Regional Workshop in Athens

d2b1e4db-e6cf-48d4-a0e3-0fa6fe4a816fTowards a Low-Carbon European Union – The Case of Greece

25 October 2016, Athens, Greece

Towards2030-dialogue and TRANSrisk will co-organise a Regional Workshop at NTUA premises in Athens on the 25th of October 2016 focusing on the Case of Greece, towards a low carbon European Union.

The objective of the Workshop is to bring together European and national policy makers, regulators, TSOs, DSOs, utilities, business and industry, industry associations, consumer associations, academia, and other public and private relevant actors.

The emphasis will be put on policy challenges and pathways for meeting the 2030 RES target, with a special focus on the prospects and challenges of Greece towards a low carbon future.

Visit now the event’s webpage and download the event’s Agenda.

Mediterranean fisheries: stocks recovery means fishers’ recovery

Source: DG MARE

342x190To reverse the dramatic decline of Mediterranean fisheries, Commissioner Vella commits to improve the state of the stocks and thus the economic prospects of the industry. At a global event in Brussels, he unveiled a new strategy for the Mediterranean and launched a dialogue with Ministers from EU and non-EU countries.

The facts are undisputed – he said at a recent conference -: fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking. Some are on the verge of depletion. All in all, 93% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited. This is an environmental but also a social issue, as it represents a clear threat to the way of life of fishing communities around the Mediterranean”.

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Brussels: Governments discuss the future of the Mediterranean at Seafood Expo

Commissioner Vella launches #MedFish4Ever campaign

Mediterranean fisheries: stocks recovery means fishers’ recovery

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Action for sustainable Mediterranean fisheries

Source: DG MARE

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean are in an alarming state – some are even on the verge of depletion. Over 90% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited, and despite recent efforts the situation is not improving. Managing fish stocks is complicated by the fact that many of them are shared with non-EU countries. How can we halt this decline and ensure a future for our fish and for the fishermen who rely on them to make a living?

Answering this question is a key priority for the Commission. At a high-level seminar in Catania, Sicily, on 9 February, Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, made an urgent appeal to policy makers and stakeholders to come together and tackle these pressing issues, together.

The EU is ready to lead the way by example, to ensure better governance for sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean Sea. But it is clear that ensuring sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean will require substantial efforts and the backing of all stakeholders, from both EU and non-EU countries.

That is why Catania is just the starting point for the development of a new strategy for the Mediterranean. Once EU Member States have agreed on strong alignment and committed themselves to cooperate within the EU, the intention is to bring neighbouring countries on board within the Mediterranean fisheries management organisation GFCM.

Accordingly, the critical condition of many Mediterranean fish stocks was a key topic during Commissioner Vella’s visit to the headquarters of GFCM on 18 February. Commissioner Vella used the opportunity to invite the GFCM to attend a meeting of all Mediterranean fisheries ministers in Brussels in April, and to discuss with them what specific measures could be taken to save Mediterranean stocks.

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UfM launches new ‘blue economy’ cooperation initiative in the Mediterranean

90b101278079740f302a4a5084ef2ea5f4b23b9eMinisters in charge of maritime affairs from the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have committed to closer cooperation on blue economy and maritime governance two weeks before the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris. The launch of this new Blue Economy initiative falls within the framework of the global UfM sustainable development strategy, which entails activities in the fields of energy, climate change, urban development and water and environment. Gathered in Brussels on the occasion of the first UfM Ministerial Conference on Blue Economy, participants stressed the need for the Mediterranean region to make the best use of the potential of the blue economy to promote growth, jobs and investments and reduce poverty. They noted that clean and healthy seas are drivers and enablers for national and regional economies and advocated building a clear vision for the sustainable and integrated development of marine and maritime sectors at national and sea basin levels.

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