The Rome Declaration “Setting a vision for seas and ocean science: Delivering impact, global leadership and sustainable blue growth for Europe” was officially presented on 8 October, at the EurOCEAN 2014 Conference.
The Declaration was approved by the 340 participating scientists, policy-makers, industry and NGOs experts, representing 143 organizations from 31 countries and it presents the European experts' common vision of priorities for marine research and action through 2020.
The Declaration constitutes a roadmap towards sustainable Blue Growth, based in strengthened cross-cutting research to provide knowledge to support better marine management and policy.
Four high-level policy goals were identified: Valuing the Ocean; Capitalizing on European leadership; Advancing ocean knowledge; and Breaking scientific barriers.
The Declaration global framework of connecting science, policy and people, coincide with the Sea For Society project's main objectives.
The Declaration presents a vision based on an ecosystem-based approach in order to foster human well-being, matching the basic principles of the SFS Blue Society Concept, which is being defined by the SFS Blue Society Expert Group.
Furthermore the action plan's priority of establishing a coordinated, integrated and interdisciplinary programme on oceans and human health, in order to better understand and manage the interactions between the human communities and the seas, corresponds to the SFS Blue Society Challenge broad theme, based on the main idea that the ocean is essential for human health and well-being. This broad theme, that results from the Consultation phase, is the basis for the SFS European and national Mobilisation activities, now under development.
Based on the results of the three above mentioned phases of the project the SFS aims to provide advice on research societal needs and on ocean governance contributing to achieve the Rome Declaration Goals.
Please find the Declaration here.
For further information please find the press release here.