EU, U.S., Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Galway | JPI OCEANS

EU, U.S., Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Galway

2013.05.27

EU, U.S., Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Galway

On 24 May the European Union, The United States and Canada agreed to join forces on Atlantic Ocean Research. The goal is to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and promote the sustainable management of its resources.

The Agreement aims to connect the ocean observation efforts of the three partners. The work will also study the interplay of the Atlantic Ocean with the Arctic Ocean, particularly in relation to climate change. The EU and its Member States alone invest nearly two billion euro on marine and maritime research each year. The 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' was signed at The Atlantic, A Shared Resource conference at the Irish Marine Institute in
Galway.

According to European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki,: "The agreement fully supports the Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic the European Commission put forward this month. While the initiative is of particular interest for the EU's five Atlantic states, it is open to researchers from all over Europe and beyond. The knowledge gained will be of benefit to all."

The achievement of an Atlantic Ocean research alliance was a major priority of the Irish Presidency and was warmly welcomed by the Irish Prime Minister, Mr. Enda Kenny. Areas for potential collaboration under the agreement include: an Atlantic Ocean observation and forecasting system; mapping critical areas of the Atlantic seafloor; identifying and recommending future research and ocean literacy and awareness initiatives.

More information: Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation (PDF 559 KB)

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