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CHARM 3 (English Channel project)

CHARM3 project represents a first multidisciplinary approach to marine living resource management, through the integration of research undertaken over the past three decades and an innovative approach to spatial ecosystem modelling. Phases 1 and 2 of this European project resulted in an assessment of key marine species and their habitats in the Eastern Channel, followed by the development of prototype management tools able to predict various current and future human impacts in this area.

Building on the results obtained during the preceding phases, the objective of CHARM phase 3 is to accentuate the multidisciplinary nature of the works accomplished through an ecosystem approach. As a result; the study area will be extended to the whole of the English Channel and the south of the North Sea and new expertises (e.g. economy, climate change) will be introduced in the CHARM team.



CoralFISH will assess the interaction between corals, fish and fisheries in order to develop monitoring and predictive modelling tools for ecosystem-based management in the deep waters of Europe and beyond.


FAME - Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment

FAME is a strategic transnational co-operation project which will enable the protection of the Atlantic marine environment.

The partners monitor and track seabirds and produce maps to inform the designation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Communication with a range of stakeholders in the marine environment seeks to minimise the impact of man’s activities on important areas for marine biodiversity. This will be done through an interactive GIS website, conferences, workshops and publications. The project will also develop recommendations on the future management of MPAs.

Partners: 7 partners from UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.
Duration: 2010-2013
Co-funded by: EU European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)


Finding Sanctuary

Finding Sanctuary is the first of four regional projects tasked with designing Marine Conservation Zones around England and recommending them to Government in June 2011. They are working with stakeholders to design these zones in the south-west as part of a wider network of Marine Protected Areas.



This project is designed to make a major advance in our knowledge of the functioning of deep-sea ecosystems and their contribution to the production of goods and services. HERMIONE study sites include the Arctic, North Atlantic and Mediterranean and cover a range of ecosystems including cold-water corals, canyons, cold and hot seeps, seamounts, open slopes and deep basins.

The project will make strong connections between deep-sea science and user needs. HERMIONE will enhance the education and public perception of deep-ocean issues through some of the major European aquaria. A major aim of the project is to create a platform for discussion between a range of stakeholders, and contribute to EU environmental policies.



The main objective is to identify valuable areas to be designated as Natura 2000 sites. It will help the implementation of the MSFD and the reinforcement of international sea agreements (OSPAR and Barcelona).

Coordinator: Fundación Biodiversidad (a public institution from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment).
Partners: relevant institutions and NGOs on management, research and conservation of the marine environment. WWF-Spain is one of the 10 beneficiaries.
Duration: 2009-2013 (five years)
Co-funded by: EU LIFE+ Programme



The overall objective of the project is a comprehensive scientific knowledge base and practical guidance for the application of the Ecosystem Approach to the sustainable development of Europe’s regional seas. This will increase the evidence base available for decision makers and facilitate the practical implementation of the Ecosystem Approach, currently seen by some stakeholders as confusing and nebulous. It will be delivered through a series of specific sub-objectives that lead to a scientifically-based suite of tools to assist policy makers and regulators with the practical application of the Ecosystem Approach. It is also expected to deliver high quality scientific outputs that advance our understanding of coupled social and ecological systems.



The MAIA (Marine Protected Areas in the Atlantic arc) project aims to enhance the development of a consistent, efficient and accepted network of MPAs in the Atlantic arc. It aims to promote and share the differences of the various tools, approaches and purposes of these MPAs. Over the last few years, the MPA creation process has accelerated with the development of national strategies which meet the commitments made as part of international conventions. In line with this process, the MAIA European cooperation project aims to promote and structure the sharing of experience and approaches; elaborate common methodologies; and contribute to the emergence of a human network of MPA managers.

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A network of excellence funded by the European Union and consisting of 94 European marine institutes. This is a platform to integrate and disseminate knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public.



This project was started in 2010 to provide harmonised seabed habitat mapping over the coastal and shelf zones of the Atlantic Area. This is to help inform spatial planning and management and contribute to the implementation of both the Habitats and Marine Strategy Directives.

Partners: 11 partners in Portugal, Spain and France.
Funded: European Regional Development Funds (ERDF-Atlantic Area Programme)


MESMA (Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Areas)

This project will produce guidance and tools to support the implementation of marine spatial planning in Europe’s seas. They will cover Human uses, biotope classifications/distributions (including examples of geospatial data systems), governance processes and different approaches to conflict management. MESMA will provide a firm basis for the further design and implementation of marine spatial planning policies, particularly the: Marine Strategy Framework Directive. At the heart of MESMA are the case studies that cover the European Seas: the North Sea, Baltic, Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Black Sea. These case studies specifically focus on competing uses within regions, but also across the different seas.


North West Waters Regional Advisory Committee (NWWRAC)

The principal aim of the NWWRAC is to bring together stakeholders from across Europe, to advise the Commission on matters of fisheries management in respect of the North Western Waters. This is one of seven Regional Advisory Councils advising on the Baltic Sea; Mediterranean Sea; North Sea; South-western waters; Pelagic stocks; High seas/long distance water fleets.


ODEMM: Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management

The aim of the project is to deliver a set of fully-costed ecosystem management options that would deliver the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive, the European Commission Blue Book and the Guidelines for the Integrated Approach to Maritime Policy.

Coordinator: The University of Liverpool. Duration: 1 March 2010-31 August 2013. Funded by by: EU 7th Framework Programme.



SESAME is a 4-year European Union-funded project designed to study the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems and their abilities to provide goods and services with high societal importance, such as tourism, fisheries and ecosystem stability through conservation of biodiversity. The need for consistent information together with the indispensable linking of natural and socio-economic sciences on these two ecosystems have mapped out SESAME's research path.

Both the Mediterranean and Black Sea have been experiencing intensive development and exploitation due to their strategic geographical position, and are equally susceptible to human pressures and climate change. SESAME has been suitably created to assess the changes that have occurred in these ecosystems over the last 50 years, while simultaneously predicting changes in the ability of the two seas to sustain essential ecosystem functions in the next 50 years.


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