The Conference aims to mobilise a wide group of interested stakeholders to consider joint issues, present common findings as well as highlighting differences between the Sea-basins as identified by the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints in terms of existing and future monitoring and observation activities, data availability and usefulness to address real problems.
The main objectives of the EMODnet Checkpoints Stakeholder Conference are to:
- Inform interested stakeholders about the outputs and findings of the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints;
- Consider how to improve future data adequacy assessments and outputs by seeking input from stakeholders’ needs and identification of gaps.
- Look forward with Stakeholders from science, policy, industry and civil society on how marine monitoring and observation activities could be improved and better coordinated in Europe.
EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints assess the quality of the current observation monitoring data at the level of the regional sea-basins. By testing the data against specific end-user challenges, the checkpoints aim to demonstrate how well the current monitoring systems and data collection frameworks provides data to meet the needs of users. In doing so, data gaps and duplications as well as significant bottlenecks are being highlighted.
Six sea basin checkpoints are in operation. The first two checkpoints were initiated in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Sea in 2013. Four other Checkpoints covering the Arctic, Atlantic, Baltic and Black Sea were launched mid-2015.
- For more information about the EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints, consult the EMODnet central portal information pages at http://www.emodnet.eu/checkpoints
- More information about EMODnet in general can be found on the information pages of the central portal www.emodnet.eu.