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Advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas with the MarCons Action

1 Department of Marine Sciences [Aegean]
2 Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation
3 IRD [Nouvelle-Calédonie] - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement
4 DiSTeBA - Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche e Ambientali
5 UCG - University of Montenegro
6 ARC CEED - ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions
7 iThemba LABS [National Research Foundation]
8 Department of Geography
9 Department of Palaeontology
10 CNR-IAMC - Laboratorio di Ecologia
11 TECHNION - Department of Mathematics
12 CRIOBE - Centre de recherches insulaires et observatoire de l'environnement
13 LabEX CORAIL - Laboratoire d'Excellence CORAIL
14 Faculty of Technical Sciences [Novi Sad]
15 IAMC - CNR Institute for Coastal Marine Environment
16 Department of Geosciences
17 Departamento Ecologia e Hidrologia
18 Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences
19 Van Hall Larenstein
20 Croatian Natural History Museum
21 Department of Ecology, Systematics and Evolution. The Institute of Live Sciences
22 Aarhus University [Aarhus]
23 Institute of Earth Sciences and Moshe Shilo Centre for Biogeochemistry
24 SIMaP - Science et Ingénierie des Matériaux et Procédés
25 Department of Ecology
26 Hopkins Marine Station [Stanford]
27 Departement of Life sciences
28 Institute of Surveying, Remote Sensing & Land Information (IVFL)
29 Environmental Sciences Department
30 NIO - CSIR National Institute of Oceanography [India]
31 Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
32 Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries
33 School of Pure and Applied Sciences
34 DSASC - Dead Sea-Arava Science Center
Carlo Jimenez
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Fiorenza Micheli


Cumulative human impacts have led to the degradation of marine ecosystems and the 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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Stelios Katsanevakis, Peter Mackelworth, Marta Coll, Simonetta Fraschetti, Vesna Mačić, et al.. Advancing marine conservation in European and contiguous seas with the MarCons Action. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2017, 3, ⟨10.3897/rio.3.e11884⟩. ⟨hal-01474085⟩
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