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Data and information for an integrated assessment of the marine environment in Europe: theory, legislation and practice

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"Keywords: sustainable development, integrated assessment, marine environment, marine monitoring Abstract Natural and anthropogenic pressures provide fundamental challenges for the sustainable development of the marine environment worldwide.
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  http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu/   Joint Research Centre (JRC)   Ostend, 8 September 2011  –  CoastGIS Conference ‹#›   Data and Information for an Integrated Assessment of the Marine Environment in Europe: Theory, Legislation and Practice Emanuele Bigagli Wageningen University, the Netherlands European Commission  –  Joint Research Centre  Wageningen, 2 May 2012  –  WUR PhD Day ‹#›   • Background and context of research • Research problem • Research question • Methodology and first outcomes • Preliminary conclusions  –  next steps Outline of the presentation  Wageningen, 2 May 2012  –  WUR PhD Day ‹#›   The Background: New Challenges • Climate change and human activities: increasing challenges for the marine environment • Need for integrated management strategies for the sustainable development of marine systems Photos Copyrights: Oil platform: Jeremy Hardies — Stone/Getty Images; Iceberg: John McConnico/Associated Press; Oil spill: Associated Press; Hurricane: NASA  Wageningen, 2 May 2012  –  WUR PhD Day ‹#›   The Situation in the European Union • The Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP): from sector    al management, towards an integrated management of EU seas and oceans • Such management strategies must be based on appropriate, integrated data collection and  monitoring  practices  Wageningen, 2 May 2012  –  WUR PhD Day ‹#›   The research problem • EU frameworks for data collection and monitoring of the marine environment may not be appropriate for tackling the new challenges:  Varying quantity of data;  Insufficient spatial-temporal coverage;  Different levels of data availability among Member States;  Single-purpose requirements. Photos Copyrights: Marine monitoring: 2009   AkvaMiljo Caspian Environmental Laboratory; Fish monitoring: Shelly Silbert / The Nature Conservancy
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