Why & How

SHAREMED project summary and planned actions

Marine ecosystems are exposed to the impact of a number of multiple stressors, resulting from multiple drivers acting in different areas. The impacts of pollution and environmental threats on marine ecosystem are spread in space and time across geographical boundaries. Therefore those threats cannot be managed only at local or national levels, since any attempt to monitor, assess and mitigate their impact requires a truly transnational approach, allowing to observe, understand and address the whole chain of origination-spreading-impact of the threats, regardless of political borders. There is a clear need for sharing of data, procedures, information and knowledge, in order to support multilevel governance and shared spatial planning. At the same time there is a need to improve observation and assessment capabilities, by integration of existing systems, development of short term forecast systems, and incorporation of emerging technologies.

The need to assess and address the increasing presence of coexisting environmental threats, that propagate in space and time, and across political boundaries, calls for a transactional coordinated actions based on evidence-rooted common understanding. Therefore, SHAREMED will:


engage stakeholders and authorities, and jointly define state-of-the-art and regional strategies;


collate and harmonise existing info, data and knowledge and contribute to joint production of a database of coherent data;


define common procedures and jointly produce atlas of state and hazard maps;


integrate existing observing infrastructures in a common transnational system of systems and jointly disseminate observations through common portals;


enhance forecast capabilities through development and implementation of coastal high resolution transnational systems;


explore potential of new observing methodologies;define roadmaps, guidelines, action plans.



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