Marine Knowledge 2020 - Green Paper - European Commission launches public consultation and needs your input!News // November 6, 2012
Marine Knowledge 2020 - Green Paper - Respond before December 15th, 2012..
The European Commission has launched an online consultation in order to collect feedback on the progress made so far and the further planning for the 'Marine Knowledge 2020' initiative which was launched at the end of 2010.
Since the adoption of 'Marine Knowledge 2020', there has been good progress. Therefore the EU has recently published a Green Paper, which takes stock of what has been done. It then opens a debate on the best strategy for moving forward to a new phase that meets the challenges defined here and profits from the opportunities to deliver an accessible, sustainable digital mapping of European sea-beds by 2020. It would also provide timely information on the present and past physical, chemical and biological state of the overlying water column and forecasts, together with a process that helps Member States maximise the potential of their marine observation, sampling and surveying programmes.
The Commissionís Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) hopes to get your views and concrete suggestions on the Green Paper to decide what would be the best way forward. Therefore the Commission has set up a website for responses: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/maritimeaffairs_fisheries/consultations/marine-knowledge-2020/index_en.htm
This website will be open till 15 December 2012. Responses can be sent either in an official capacity or individually.
EU DG MARE hopes that you can help them also to forward this message to those of your colleagues and contacts who you believe have an interest in this topic.