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Marine habitat mapping

Accurate and extensive marine habitat maps are fundamental to support a wide variety of marine policies and ambitions including the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and policies to deliver the ambitious plans of the European Green Deal. However, large areas remain unmapped, and current maps predominantly focus on physical aspects of marine habitats and lack sufficient biological resolution, such as species and communities.
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EMB Annual Report 2023

Throughout 2023, EMB organised a range of impactful initiatives, such as the EurOCEAN 2023 conference, the first EMB ECOP Network Forum, a Brown Bag Lunch, and the launch of four new foresight publications. EMB also continued its EMBracing the Ocean artist-in-residence and EMB Ambassador programmes. To learn more about EMB’s activities and achievements, dive into the EMB's 2023 Annual Report.

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Building Coastal Resilience in Europe

European coasts face multiple, interacting and cumulative pressures including those resulting from increasing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. sea-level rise, Ocean warming, Ocean acidification, extreme events) and localised activities such as fishing, aquaculture, waste disposal and coastal urbanisation. These create a unique set of context-specific issues that need to be addressed holistically using a systems approach, considering the dynamics between both coastal societies and ecosystems as part of interconnected social-ecological systems. EMB Position Paper No. 27 ‘Building Coastal Resilience in Europe’ presents key policy, scientific and community recommendations on how to build coastal resilience and enhance capacity to cope with impacts from climate change and other coastal pressures.
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Blue Carbon: Challenges and opportunities to mitigate the climate and biodiversity crises

Blue Carbon ecosystems are a Nature-based Solution that can help mitigate the climate and biodiversity crises, while stabilising livelihoods, protecting coasts, and supporting other societal needs such as food security from the Ocean. EMB Policy Brief No. 11 describes different types and benefits of Blue Carbon ecosystems, and discusses uncertainties and challenges for the conservation and restoration of Blue Carbon ecosystems as a climate change solution. The document also highlights the wider role of the Ocean in mitigating climate change through the carbon cycle, and closes with key research and management recommendations.
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EMB Annual Report 2022

In 2022, the EMB Secretariat moved to the brand-new InnovOcean campus in Ostend (Belgium), where many valuable interactions and discussions have already taken place. Throughout the year, EMB organised a range of impactful initiatives, such as the CommOCEAN conference, a Brown Bag Lunch, and the launch of three new foresight publications. EMB also took a new turn by launching 'EMBracing the Ocean', an artist-in-residence programme which stimulated collaboration between Ocean scientists and artists, leading to remarkable artworks that reflect the deep connection between art and ocean sciences. To learn more about EMB’s activities and achievements, dive into the EMB's 2022 Annual Report.

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Launch of EMB Future Science Brief No. 11 on ‘Marine habitat mapping’

Today, on 17th June 2024, EMB launched its Future Science Brief No. 11 on ‘Marine habitat mapping’ during a ‘Brown bag lunch’ event, kindly hosted by DG Environment in Brussels. The main messages from the document were presented by Working Group Chairs Prof. Simonetta Fraschetti and Dr. James Strong, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience, and with members of the Working Group.
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EMB ECOPs submission to the Let's Be Nice to the Ocean initiative

The EMB Ambassadors and members of the EMB ECOP Network have teamed up with other early career and youth initiatives to make a submission to the Let's Be Nice to the Ocean initiative. The submission highlights the importance of involving youth and early careers in finding solutions for our Ocean.

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European Marine Board co-hosts the "Ecopath 40 years" conference

The “Ecopath 40 years – The Ecosystem Continuum: From knowledge to decisions” conference and workshops were held from 3-8 June 2024 at the InnovOcean campus in Ostend. Co-hosted by the European Marine Board and the Flanders Marine Institute (Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, VLIZ), this event celebrated four decades of the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) marine ecosystem modelling software, an increasingly important tool for marine management and policy making.
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Fiona Grant elected Chair of the European Marine Board

Dr Fiona Grant, Head of International Programmes at the Marine Institute in Ireland, has been elected as the new Chair of the European Marine Board. Dr Grant has represented the Marine Institute at the European Marine Board since 2014, and has served as EMB vice-Chair since 2020.

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EMB welcomes new EMB Ambassadors for 2024

We are delighted to introduce our two new EMB Young Ambassadors! We can now announce that Virginia Morejón, a PhD candidate at University College Dublin and funded by EMB Member the Marine Institute, Ireland and Laura Ciriminna, a PostDoc at University of Palermo which is part of EMB Member the CoNISMa consoritum, Italy have been selected! You can find out more about them here. We look forward to working with them.

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Upcoming events

Marine microplastics and the plastisphere: Hitchhikers and their luggage

18 July 2024

On Thursday 18 July 2024, EMB will host its 41st Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring João Frias who will speak on the topic of "Marine microplastics and the plastisphere: Hitchhikers and their luggage".
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Events Overview

The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.