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Cooperation Across the Atlantic for Marine Governance Integration (CALAMAR)

Cooperation Across the Atlantic for Marine Governance Integration (CALAMAR)

As the impacts of climate change and global demand for marine resources have increased, the development of an integrated, holistic marine governance framework has become a key goal for both the EU and US. Recent policy events on both sides of the Atlantic provide a window of opportunity to significantly improve marine governance in national and international waters. To this end, the Ecologic Institute led a transatlantic project team that convened a multi-stakeholder dialogue allowing experts from the EU, US and other regions to develop best practices for integrated marine management.

The project objectives of CALAMAR are to:

  • strengthen networks by building strong alliances among key stakeholders and
  • contribute policy recommendations that incorporate stakeholder perspectives on the integration of marine policies and more effective transatlantic cooperation.

Experts contributed to the project through four multi-stakeholder working groups. Each group was led by one co-chair from the US and one co-chair from the EU, with membership of 10-15 individuals from industry, nongovernmental organisations, government, academia, and other ocean user groups from both sides of the Atlantic.

The working groups each focused on one of the following topics:

  • Integrated marine policies and tools
  • EU/US cooperation in the North Atlantic
  • Oceans and climate change
  • High seas

During the course of the project, two stakeholder-based workshops were held in Washington D.C. and in Paris. A final conference took place in Lisbon, Portugal to present the policy options resulting from the dialogue.

European Commission, Directorate-General for External Relations (DG Relex)
Duke University, The Nicholas School of the Environment, United States
Meridian Institute, United States
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy (CMP), United States
January 2010 to June 2011
Project ID
ocean governance, transatlantic relations, climate change, marine spatial planning, workshop, EU, US