Objectives of the Action

Research Coordination Objectives

This COST Action aims to:

  • coordinate efforts for advancing marine conservation in Europe and adjacent regions
  • help close the gap between research and policy in the European marine environment and contiguous regions
  • provide scientific advice and engage with policy makers and marine managers
  • develop novel frameworks and decision support tools to aid policy makers to optimize trade-offs (i) between conservation and resource use and (ii) between conservation costs and benefits
  • harmonise and integrate research outputs and develop new methods and tools for more effective marine conservation
  • increase European conservation science competitiveness by creating innovations applicable in European Seas and adaptable in other marine regions of the world
  • develop and demonstrate: (i) methods for the assessment of cumulative human impacts, including impacts of climate change, and its integration into conservation planning; (ii) methods for integration of land-freshwater-sea planning; (iii) a framework for transboundary cooperative planning; (iv) methodologies and tools for designing networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) that are more resilient to biological invasions
  • generate proposals for concrete conservation plans for specific European case studies
  • promote conservation principles and disseminate results to stakeholders, policy makers, and the wider public
  • develop resolution strategies to address conflicts in the use of marine space


Capacity-building Objectives

The capacity-building objectives of this COST Action include:

  • to create a collaborative network of experts and build a critical mass to drive scientific progress in marine conservation
  • to bring together researchers from broad backgrounds and experiences to share scientific knowledge and achieve breakthroughs in the science of marine conservation
  • to promote geographical, age and gender balance throughout its activities
  • to provide new opportunities, especially for Early Career Investigators (ECI), and spawn new networks; by taking leading roles and participating in the Working Groups and through Short Term Scientific Missions, ECIs will be actively involved in all activities of the Action
  • to train graduate students and ECIs on relevant hot topics such as conservation planning, governance of MPAs, and analysis of cumulative impacts
  • to bring interdisciplinary thinking into conservation policy making, considering the complex political, social and economic nature of the continent and the contiguous regions
  • to establish strong links between scientists, stakeholders, marine managers and policy makers