EMODnet is a network of organisations working together to observe the sea, to make the marine data collected freely available and interoperable, to create seamless data layers across sea-basins and to distribute the data and data products through the Internet. The primary aim of EMODnet is to unlock existing but fragmented and hidden marine data and make them accessible for a wide range of users including private bodies, public authorities and researchers.
Ocean health and human health are inextricably linked. Exploring these linkages is at the heart of ‘Oceans and Human Health’ (OHH), an emerging scientific metadiscipline.
Seascape Belgium are partners in the Seas Oceans and Public Health in Europe project, which has mapped out a strategic research roadmap to cement Oceans and Human Health in Europe. But Oceans and Human Health is about more than research, it requires action by policy makers, maritime businesses planners and citizens to work together to protect ocean health and human health.
One of Seascape’s roles in the SOPHIE project was to look at the maritime policy framework relevant to OHH. This resulted in a report ‘Human health and EU maritime policy: closing the loop’ highlighting the opportunities to better align marine environmental and public health policy goals. European Marine Board (EMB) drew on the findings of this report in a recent policy brief, ‘Policy Needs for Oceans and Human Health’. We are delighted that this important subject and our findings will achieve widespread attention through the reach and recognition of EMB.
For more information:
- European Marine Board Policy Brief https://www.marineboard.eu/publications/policy-needs-oceans-and-human-health
- Seascape SOPHIE Policy Brief Report - http://seascapebelgium.be/sites/default/files/SOPHIE_Policy_Brief_Report_Web.pdf
- SOPHIE Strategic Research Agenda https://sophie2020.eu/resources/maritime-policy-brief/