The EU's blue economy (i.e., all economic activities that depend on the sea) represents 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under €500 billion per year. The sea and the coasts are drivers of the economy (European Commission 2012). Marine ecosystems play an essential role in the cultural, social, economic and environmental health of nearly all European coastal communities.
The implementation of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and the need to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in each Member State’s national marine waters by 2020, under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD; Directive 2008/56/EC), will especially impact fishing activities. The establishment of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive (MSPD; Directive 2014/89/EU) will also impact small-scale activities.
This project seeks to use the NOAA methodology as a starting point for developing community vulnerability and well-being indices for coastal communities in the EU. As a first step, the proposed workshop will focus on modifications to the NOAA methodology and data gaps and needs in order to develop quantitative social and fisheries engagement indices specifically for fishing communities in the EU, as well as discuss indices that could be created to measure engagement and dependence on marine ecosystem services beyond fishing.
The specific objectives of the proposed workshop are to:
- Investigate what types of data are currently available that can be used to develop quantitative indices of social and fisheries vulnerability and well-being for EU coastal communities;
- Define the data gaps and information needs for developing reliable coastal community vulnerability and well-being indices;
- Develop a methodology to create coastal fishing community vulnerability and well-being indices to be applied in the EU context; and
- Create a vision and plan for obtaining the necessary data and developing coastal community level vulnerability and well-being indices in the EU.
The expected outcomes of this project are the following:
- To create a network of researchers that are working on coastal community vulnerability in various parts of the EU and USA.
- To write a positioning paper that (a) summarizes the adapted method needed to create coastal fishing community vulnerability and well-being indices in the EU, (b) defines data availability and gaps/needs, (c) identifies information and data collection needs, and (d) provides recommendations on applying this method in a European context.
- To develop the basis for a consortium for future European research proposals (e.g., H2020, INTERREG).
To attend, please contact Dr. Amber Himes-Cornell.