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Roundtable Report: Towards a coherent and integrated EU ocean policy framework

Highlights from the roundtable on delivering the European Green Deal: Towards a coherent and integrated EU ocean policy framework for offshore renewable wind energy and biodiversity

This recent roundtable, organised by GreenDeal-NET, PERMAGOV EU, and CrossGovProject, shed light on how policy coherence and institutional integration can help achieve the ambitious objectives of the European Green Deal.

Here are the key takeaways:

Policy Coherence: Vital for integrating offshore wind energy with biodiversity protection. Understanding the complex governance landscapes is essential.

Offshore Wind Energy: The EU’s expansion goals for offshore wind energy play a significant role in energy transition and security, contributing to climate neutrality targets.

Biodiversity Protection: Policies like the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and Birds and Habitats Directive are crucial for safeguarding marine biodiversity.

Research Insights: The CrossGovProject and PERMAGOV EU projects are pivotal in navigating marine governance complexities under EGD.

Diagnostic Tools: These tools have been developed to identify and assess institutional barriers in marine governance, facilitating better policy integration.

Regional Cooperation: Emphasised effective Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), involving collaboration between EU and non-EU countries to ensure comprehensive ecosystem-based management.

Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement: Key to the sustainable deployment of offshore energy and the protection of marine biodiversity. Engaging diverse stakeholders leads to more robust and inclusive policies.

Watch the full roundtable here.

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