5th Management Board: Towards the development of the SRIA | JPI OCEANS

5th Management Board: Towards the development of the SRIA


5th Management Board: Towards the development of the SRIA

Eighteen member countries and observers met to take stock of the development of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and other aspects of the implementation of JPI Oceans.

The Secretariat presented the state of play of CSA Oceans, the FP7 project that aims to accelerate JPI Oceans’ transition from the preliminary to the operational phase. The Secretariat reported mainly on the progress of the consultation and mapping exercise which will serve as a basis for the development of the SRIA. This mapping is based on three main sources of information: a consultation of national funding agencies and ministries, stakeholders’ workshops organized during summer 2013 and a web consultation open to the general public.

An important discussion was held about the role of JPI Oceans in the Transatlantic Ocean Research Alliance. Member countries agreed that the JPI Oceans as a pan European process could offer support as a strategic coordination mechanism for partners such as NSF, NOAA, Canadian ministries and agencies and additional partners such as Brazil. In addition JPI Oceans could play a similar strategic role in the future in enhancing cooperation in regional sea basins at the European level.

Management Board members also reviewed the progress in the implementation of the three ongoing pilot actions. Scientific activities within the framework of the “ecological aspects of micro plastics in the marine environment” pilot action will begin in 2015 following the pending agreement between partners on which instrument; common calls or knowledge hubs, is the best to address the challenge.

The coordinator of the pilot action on “multi-use of infrastructures for monitoring” informed other Management Board members that 9 countries have committed themselves through in-kind contributions. In doing so additional environmental indicators are being looked at in the monitoring survey of commercial fish, for example; those relating to biodiversity, marine litter and food web, which will serve to add value to vessel time.

Management Board members were also glad to hear that the pilot action on ecological aspects of deep sea mining was on the right track, as well as the commitment of Germany to offer the in-kind contribution of 90 days ship time in the Pacific (at an estimated cost of 45,000 €/day) from the end of 2014 until the beginning of 2015. Head of the Secretariat, Kathrine Angell-Hansen, highlighted that offering costly ship time is a good example of how sharing institutional budget for the further exploration and development of activities at sea can be done in a sustainable manner.

Other items addressed at the meeting included criteria for evaluation of pilot actions, the report from the last meeting of the Strategic Advisory Board, the dialogue with ERA-Nets and Art. 185, and budgetary issues.

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