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Title: Advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas with the MarCons Action
Authors: Katsanevakis, Stelios
Mackelworth, Peter
Coll, Marta
Fraschetti, Simonetta
Macic, Vesna
Giakoumi, Sylvaine
Jones, Peter J. S.
Levin, Noam
Albano, Paolo G.
Badalamenti, Fabio
Brennan, Ruth E.
Claudet, Joachim
Culibrk, Dubravko
D'Anna, Giovanni
Deidun, Alan
Evagelopoulos, Athanasios
Garcia-Charton, Jose A.
Goldsborough, David
Holcer, Drasko
Jimenez, Carlos
Kark, Salit
Sorensen, Thomas Kirk
Lazar, Bojan
Martin, Georg
Mazaris, Antonios D.
Micheli, Fiorenza
Milner-Gulland, E. J.
Pipitone, Carlo
Portman, Michelle
Pranovi, Fabio
Rilov, Gil
Smith, Robert J.
Stelzenmuller, Vanessa
Vogiatzakis, Ioannis N.
Winters, Gidon
Keywords: Marine resources conservation -- Law and legislation -- European Union countries
Marine biodiversity -- Europe
Biological invasions -- Europe
Maritime law -- Europe
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Pensoft Publishers
Citation: Katsanevakis, S., Mackelworth, P., Coll, M., Fraschetti, S., Mačić, V., Giakoumi, S., ... & Brennan, R. (2017). Advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas with the MarCons Action. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, 1-16.
Abstract: decline of biodiversity in the European and contiguous seas. Effective conservation measures are urgently needed to reverse these trends. Conservation must entail societal choices, underpinned by human values and worldviews that differ between the countries bordering these seas. Social, economic and political heterogeneity adds to the challenge of balancing conservation with sustainable use of the seas. Comprehensive macro-regional coordination is needed to ensure effective conservation of marine ecosystems and biodiversity of this region. Under the European Union Horizon 2020 framework programme, the MarCons COST action aims to promote collaborative research to support marine management, conservation planning and policy development. This will be achieved by developing novel methods and tools to close knowledge gaps and advance marine conservation science. This action will provide support for the development of macro- regional and national policies through six key actions: to develop tools to analyse cumulative human impacts; to identify critical scientific and technical gaps in conservation efforts; to improve the resilience of the marine environment to global change and biological invasions; to develop frameworks for integrated conservation planning across terrestrial, freshwater, and marine environments; to coordinate marine conservation policy across national boundaries; and to identify effective governance approaches for marine protected area management. Achieving the objectives of these actions will facilitate the integration of marine conservation policy into macro-regional maritime spatial planning agendas for the European and contiguous seas, thereby offsetting the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in this region.
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