The overall objective of the project is: a comprehensive scientific knowledge base and practical guidance for the application of the Ecosystem Approach to the sustainable development of Europe´s regional seas. This will increase the evidence base available for decision makers and facilitate the practical implementation of the Ecosystem Approach, currently seen by some stakeholders as confusing and nebulous. It will be delivered through a series of specific sub-objectives that lead to a scientifically based suite of tools to assist policy makers and regulators with the practical application of the Ecosystem Approach. It is also expected to deliver high-quality scientific outputs that advance our understanding of coupled social and ecological systems.
KNOWSEAS is funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme, Theme 6 - Environment including Climate Change.
The 4 year project started in April 2009, has 31 partners (including the newly acceded University of Seville) from 15 countries and is coordinated by the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
BNI researchers include
* Sweden: Thorsten Blenckner, Marmar Nekoro, Maciej Tomczak and Matilda Valman
* Finland: Anna-Stiina Heiskanen, Riku Varjopuro and Soile Kulmala
More information can be found on the KNOWSEAS web site