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EMODnet cited as a pillar for HQ open-access data
12 February 2021

EMODnet has been brought as a valuable example of platform able to facilitate open access and integration of marine data in this interesting paper, where 12 key recommendations for advancing marine conservation in european and contiguous seas are provided.

These recommentations come from the 4-year multi-national COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action MarCons (Advancing marine conservation in the European and contiguous seas) activity aimed to bridge the gap between science, management and policy, and increase knowledge required for halting biodiversity loss. MarCons has involved a network of more than 100 marine scientists from 26 countries in a series of workshops and meetings spanning from 2016 to 2020 to build a common vision for research priorities and recommendations for advancing marine conservation.

MarCons working groups underlined the following main goals and the recommendations to achieve them:

  • Improved Conservation Planning
  • Informed and More Effective Management
  • Account for and Be Responsive to Change
  • Transparent and Inclusive Conservation

Concerning the “Transparent and Inclusive Conservation” goal, the first Recommendation is “Reinforcing the collection of high-quality open-access data” . In this regard, the authors state “A major impediment to facilitate open data and integration is the tendency of different disciplines involved in fundamental research, conservation and management of marine systems to act as separate compartments. Initiatives such as the COST Action MarCons, and platforms such as EMODNET (European Marine Observation and Data Network; Calewaert et al., 2016), that increase exchanges and data sharing among experts in different, but complementary, disciplines are a prerequisite for future advances in marine conservation and spatial management. This transdisciplinarity will increase our understanding of pressure-state responses, improve the reliability of cumulative effect assessment models and enhance the effectiveness of conservation strategies in the context of MSP (…)”.

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