Mission ocean, seas and waters implementation support platform

Marine Management

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Mission ocean, seas and waters implementation support platform

CINEA | This Project is about forming and running the Mission Ocean, seas and waters implementation support platform, to help coordinate and monitor actions aligned with the EU Mission ‘Restore our ocean and waters by 2030’. It also involved offering European Blue parks technical assistance; citizen engagement and communication.

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Framework Partnership Agreement concerning the European Topic Centre on Biodiversity and Ecosystems 2023-2026

European Environment Agency (EEA) | European Topic Centres (ETCs) are consortia of organisations in EEA member countries with expertise in specific environmental areas, contracted by the EEA through framework partnership agreements to carry out specific tasks to support the implementation of EEA and Copernicus work programmes.

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NAPSEA: N AND P – SOURCE TO SEA

European Research Executive Agency (REA) | The central aim of the proposed Source to Sea (NAPSEA) CSA is to support national and local authorities in selecting effective nutrient load reduction measures and to gain political support for the implementation.

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Legal and technical assessments of Member States’ compliance with the applicable EU environmental legislation

European Commission, DG Environment | Fresh Thoughts is working with Milieu to develop legal assessments and technical evaluations to ensure the full and correct implementation of the Environmental Directive, under Article 258 AEUV, in Member States.

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Tourism Monitoring In Antarctica

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The aim of this study is to present the current state of scientific knowledge the impacts of tourism activities, including the logistics used, on the relevant protected goods of the Antarctic environment.

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Water for the Green Deal

European Commission, DG Environment | In December 2019 the Commission set out a European Green Deal1 for the European Union (EU) and its citizens - a new growth strategy for the EU supporting the transition of the EU to a fair and prosperous society that responds to the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation, improving the quality of life of current and future generations.

Baseline study for the implementation of lighthouses of Mission ‘Restore our ocean and waters by 2030’

European Commission, DG Environment | The study sets up a comprehensive baseline for Mission lighthouses in the Atlantic and Arctic sea basins, Danube river basin and Mediterranean sea basin on the implementation of two Mission objectives: the protection and restoration of marine and fresh water ecosystems and biodiversity (for Danube, Atlantic and Arctic) and the prevention and elimination of pollution in marine and freshwater ecosystems (for Mediterranean).

Water Strategy Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | Modern water management focuses on sustainable and balanced water use by all stakeholders. To achieve this today – and in the future - various legal as well as socio-economic frameworks need to be taken into account. The overall aim of this project was to initiate a target-oriented national dialogue at an early stage among various actors.

Climate change adaptation in the tourism sector in Lower Saxony

TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH | Climate change is already affecting the tourism sector in Lower Saxony and complex interactions influence the touristic demand. Therefore, the TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH (TMN) intended to support the Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) in dealing with current and future changes.

International Ocean Governance Stakeholders Forum

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | The European Commission, in association with the European External Action service, launched the International Ocean Governance Forum.

Study on Integrating an Ecosystem-based Approach into Maritime Spatial Planning

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | The main objective was to propose feasible and practical approaches and guidelines for applying the Ecosystem-Based Approach (EBA) in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) with the presently available information and a practical method or tool for evaluating, monitoring and review the application of EBA in MSP.

EU Taxonomy Public consultation support

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Germany | The EU taxonomy is a classification system, that establishes a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities. It will play an important role in helping the EU scale up sustainable investment and implement the European green deal.

Conference on water, climate change, and adaptation

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Germany | Climate change poses a key challenge to water management and water-dependent sectors in the EU. Increasing water scarcity, deteriorating water quality, and heavy rainfall events or floods have serious consequences for drinking water supply or freshwater conservation.

Climate change and tourism in Germany

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The following project identifies the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector in Germany and possible adaptation mechanisms.

Theory of change and Roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain)

WWF Spain | WWF developed a roadmap for the restoration of the Guadalquivir river estuary (Spain) as a follow-up of a previously held workshop with relevant stakeholders in 2019. The roadmap addresses vision, objectives, success indicators and prioritised action fiches with further details, and is based on the theory of change. Interviews and a workshop with experts and stakeholders were included.

Support of the European Innovation Partnership on Water

European Commission, DG Environment | The European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP Water) was an initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. The EIP Water facilitated the development of innovative solutions to address major European and global water challenges.

Framework Contract to support the implementation of the MSFD

European Commission, DG Environment | The overall objective of the framework contract will be to support the Commission in the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The work may need to be organised at the EU or MS level or by the marine region. It could concern one or several specific descriptors.

Sustainable Integrated Management FOR the NEXUS of water-land-food-energy-climate for a resource-efficient Europe (SIM4NEXUS)

Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) | Water, land, food, energy, and climate are interconnected, comprising a coherent system (the ‘Nexus’), dominated by complexity and feedback. Putting pressure on one part of the Nexus can create pressures on the others.

Support to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive – Part 2

European Commission, DG Environment | This contract aimed to support the MSFD implementation through: • support for the organisation and management of conferences, workshops and meetings associated with the MSFD implementation; • the development of specific MSFD related documentation (such as guidance documents, concept papers, technical documents, reports and meeting reports, etc.); • reporting and data management, including through adequate IT systems; • best practice exchange and communication activities not already covered by other specific contracts.

EU-Iran environment and climate change exchanges

European Commission, DG Environment | Iran and the EU have agreed in 2016 to develop cooperation on the environment and adaptation to climate change.

Marine Strategy Framework Directive – Bulgaria

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC; MSFD ) provided a framework within which each Member States shall take the necessary measures to achieve or maintain a "good environmental status" in the marine environment by the year 2020.

Framework contract for services related to coordination between the different marine regions in implementing the ecosystem approach

European Commission, DG Environment | The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Marine Directive or MSFD, 2008/56/EC) aims to achieve ‘good environmental status’ of European marine waters by the year 2020 through the implementation of two overarching principles: the ecosystem-based approach to the management of human activities and an integrated, coordinated, approach at regional and sub-regional level.

Support to Activities related to the EU Policy on Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning

European Commission, DG Environment | Coastal and marine areas face a multitude of activities that often cause unsustainable development. The need for integrated coastal management (ICM) and maritime spatial planning (MSP) in Europe stems from increasing competition for maritime space by diverse actors and industries.

Assessment of the status of water bodies and ecosystems in Doñana

WWF Spain | WWF Spain is involved in the conservation of the Doñana wetlands since the 1960s.

Support to ECOSTAT Nutrients Workshop

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | This contract supported the ECOSTAT Working Group under the WFD CIS process. For the Working Group's meeting in November 2015, a report on nutrient boundaries in transitional, coastal and marine waters in the EU was developed.

Sharing of best practices on ICZM, in a context of Adaptation to climate Change in coastal areas

European Commission, DG Environment | Climate change is affecting European marine areas and coastal zones and resulting in, among others, sea-level rise, increased frequency and severity of storms, ocean acidification, coastal erosion, changes in sea surface temperature as well as changes in biodiversity and ecosystems.

Support to the development of inland and coastal water project evaluation criteria and preparation of calls for proposals (Bulgaria)

Ministry of Environment and Water (Bulgaria) | The Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and Norway funds several programs in different countries and priority areas. In Bulgaria, in the 2009-2014 period, one of the funded programs was called “BG02” and focused on improved integrated management of Marine and Inland Waters.

Marine Litter Conference 2012

German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany | The project supported the German Environment Agency (UBA) in preparing an international conference on marine litter in the European regional seas.

Climate Change Adaptation, coastal and marine issues

European Commission, DG Environment | Fresh Thoughts prepared the background document for the development of a staff working paper on climate change adaptation in coastal and marine issues. As part of the commitment the EU made to adaptation under the White Paper, this document presented a comprehensive view of the main regional impacts of climate change on marine and coastal areas and the current policy framework, as well as policy options to better address adaptation.

Support to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive – Part 1

European Commission, DG Environment | The implementation of the MSFD presents many challenges and both Member States and the Commission have a significant task ahead of them in converting the principles outlined in the Directive into practices that will bring about an improved marine environment.

Benefit assessment for the German implementation of the MSFD

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), Germany | The European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is intended to bring about more effective protection of the marine environment throughout coastal areas of Europe.