Societal and political objectives

ESONET will make a significant contribution to the development of a thematic strategy for the protection, conservation and sustainable use of the marine environment.

Three main targets have been identified with respect to this objectives:

  • socio-economic users of knowledge regarding the impacts of climate and anthropogenic forcing on continental margin ecosystems,
  • European industry including SMEs and oil industry,
  • governmental bodies.

Several SMEs from member states has come together to create an association that is a partner of ESONET: PESOS (group of Providers of Equipment and Services for Observatory Systems). PESOS will initiate the building of a SME organisation at European scale with people interested in the monitoring of European continental margin ecosystems and seafloor processes. This association will play a major role into standardization groups. More specifically, ESONET will indicate future environmental technology monitoring and innovation needs in the fields of continental margin and deep sea exploration and exploitation. ESONET promotes partnership with industries and providers through the ESONET Yellow pages.

The ESONET observatory network will also improve the protection of European society against geohazards, by enhancing the capability to monitor the dynamics of European margins in real time.

The transfer of knowledge to users will allow the EU and governmental bodies to make significant contributions to the world effort to define mitigation strategies for marine resources and ecosystems management and global change confrontation. The socio-economic users of ESONET knowledge include:

  1. assessment bodies, their scientists and policymakers, e.g. IPPC,
  2. intergovernmental organisations, e.g. UN / IOC, UN / FAO, ICES,
  3. international agreements on exchange of data related to hazards such as global seismographic networks like GSN, FDSN and GEOSS related tasks,
  4. international conventions, e.g. CBD, OSPAR Convention,
  5. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO),
  6. national fisheries assessment and climate change agencies,
  7. relevant European Commission directorates, e.g. Fisheries Directorate General.

The spreading of knowledge to the European public will be achieved through the use of public outreach centres like aquaria and museums. Transfer of knowledge will specifically target the young age groups in order to favour general orientation towards science, foster scientific careers and most importantly shape an environmentally sensitive European society. The WP7 is dedicated to these objectives.

Generally speaking, the ESONET approach answers Europe's strategic need to strengthen excellence on the major topic of hazard mitigation through environmental monitoring. This will further be achieved by restructuring the existing research capacities and the way research is carried out.