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Actions in planning

The actions listed below have been adopted by the Management Board and are currently being further scoped.

Joint Actions are initiated to implement the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of JPI Oceans. The size and scope of each action will vary depending on the research needs and the method used will depend upon the objective. To initiate an action, one member country must take the lead and be supported by at least three others. Countries may choose to fund new research or to participate through funding the coordination costs, use of infrastructure or creating open access to data or other forms of contributions considered useful in the joint action.

Marine spatial planning

The goal of this action, with Italy as the lead country, is a) to create a forum / knowledge hub in which advisers involved in marine spatial planning (MSP) can exchange experiences and best practices and b) catalyze knowledge exchange between scientists and planners working on the same regions. The goals of this action contribute to implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (2014/89/EU). An expert workshop was held in Trieste on 20 March 2015 with the main focus to address the contribution of scientific research to MSP and integrated coastal management and further workshops are anticipated. The report of this workshop can be found here. Meanwhile the European Commission DG MARE has also initiated an expert group on MSP (https://www.msp-platform.eu/) which is addressing some of the needs foreseen by the JPI Oceans workshop. JPI Oceans representatives participate in this expert group to ensure synergy of efforts.

Cumulative effects of anthropogenic disturbances

The JPI Oceans Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda recognized the need to improve the current knowledge to identify environmental sensitivities to cumulative effects of human pressures over longer timeframes, at all levels of ecosystem organisation and geographic scales, and to improve tools for assessment. So far, nine countries are supporting this action with the Netherlands and Estonia as lead countries. A first workshop was conducted in Utrecht (Netherlands) on 24 and 25 April 2017 with the objective to draw up a roadmap. The first draft, including activities and type of tools, was drafted and presented at the Management Board meeting in Lisbon in October 2017.

Ecosystems goods and services (EGS)

The goal of EGS is to understand the ecosystem’s environmental, economic and social value from a transdisciplinary perspective including economic, natural and social scientists. So far, 14 countries are supporting this action with France and Sweden as lead countries. A workshop was held on 24-25 November 2017 in Brussels with the support of CSA Oceans 2. A meeting with interested countries was organized on 8 March 2018 where it was proposed to have further consultation with the relevant end-users before proceeding.

Integrated assessment of effects of new pollutants

This assessment is aimed to reinforce the scientific basis for cost-effective integrated monitoring and assessment of – especially novel – contaminants and the pollution risk they pose, by extension of the marine eco-toxicological databases. In addition, the action should develop, test and apply thresholds levels usable for assessment of biological effects (and impacts) and ultimately Good Environmental Status. Following the JPI Oceans expert workshop in June 2017 on integrated assessment of new pollutants, the lead countries Spain and Norway produced a roadmap for this action including a proposal for setting up a knowledge hub on new pollutants. The lead countries have explored whether this knowledge hub could be combined with the already ongoing knowledge hub of JPI Water on pollutants. It was agreed by the JPI’s (Water and Oceans) that the knowledge hubs should be connected whenever possible. In addition, together with JPI Water and JPI Anti-Microbial Resistance, has informed the development of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2019, to include a call for an ERA-Net Cofund proposal on ‘Exposure to pollutants’ and the interested member countries research funding community response to this call is in preparation.

Climate change

At the management board meeting in June 2016, it was agreed to establish a joint working group with JPI Climate to discuss the potential for collaboration on a joint call and for a knowledge hub. After a series of consultations, the working group concluded that a joint ERANET should be proposed to interested countries and initiated a proposal for potential cofunds in the H2020 2019-2020 work programme. The proposal has not yet been taken up, meanwhile JPI Oceans and JPI Climate member countries are considering the potential for a joint call without Horizon 2020 funding.

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