ODEMM, Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management

ODEMM, Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management

The overall aim of the ODEMM project is to develop 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. This will be achieved by: (i) Providing a comprehensive knowledge base to support policy for the development of sustainable and integrated management of European marine ecosystems; (ii) Developing Operational Objectives to achieve the High-Level Policy Objectives set by the MSFD and the HD, and with reference to the proposed Maritime Policy; (iii) Identifying Management Options (individual management tools and combinations of tools) to meet the Operational Objectives; (iv) Providing a risk assessment framework for the evaluation of Management Options and to assess the risk associated with the different options; (v) Conducting a cost benefit analysis of a range of Management Options using appropriate techniques; (vi) Identifying stakeholder opinions on the creation of governance structures directed towards implementation of the ecosystem approach, and to elaborate different scenarios for changing governance structures and legislation to facilitate a gradual transition from the current fragmented management approach towards fully integrated ecosystem management; (vii) Documenting the steps necessary for the transition from the current fragmented management scheme to a mature and integrated approach, and providing a toolkit that could be used to evaluate options for delivering ecosystem-based management; and (viii) Communicating and consulting on the outcomes of the project effectively with policy makers and other relevant user groups.

If you want to read more about this project, you can do so at erc.epa.ie.

European Commission ENV.2009.2.2.1.1
Ronan Long (IE)

Keywords: Marine Strategy Framework Directive; Ecosystem management; Policy; Communication

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